[Nfbnet-members-list] FW: 18th Annual Mock Trial
Scott C. LaBarre
slabarre at labarrelaw.com
Thu Jul 2 15:09:27 UTC 2015
From: Scott C. LaBarre [mailto:slabarre at labarrelaw.com]
Subject: 18th Annual Mock Trial
Hear yee, hear yee, heary, all rise and draw nye for the Honorable
Court for the District of Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania will soon be in
session, the Most Esteemed and Honorable Charles S. Brown presiding!
The National Association of Blind Lawyers announces the 18th Annual
Mock Trial which will be held Monday, July 6th in Junior Ballroom G,
Level 1, at 4:15 pm inside the beautiful Rosen Center Hotel as part
of the 75th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind.
This year's trial features an all-star cast including Dr. Marc
Maurer, Daniel F. Goldstein, Carla McQuillan, Kevan Worley, Haben
Girma, Ray Wayne, Timothy Elder, Bennett Prows, Anthony Thomas,
Parnell Diggs, and Scott LaBarre. The year is 1940, the place
Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. In fact, it is the 16th of November,
1940, and Mr. Fred Eration emerges froma local watering hole in a
most celebratory mood because a brand new organization has just been
formed, the National Federation of the Blind. He is walking down a
city sidewalk and falls in a deep construction ditch where a sign
warned of the drop off but no barrier had been erected. He, of
course, injures himself seriously and can no longer travel around
The Township of Wilks-Barre will say that they are not liable because
any reasonable person, one who is sighted, would have seen the
warning sign. If that defense won't work, the City argues that Fred
Eration is automatically negligent because he was wandering around
without a sighted helper, and even if that argument doesn't work,
blind individuals who are afflicted with a loss of vision must
exercise extraordinary care while walking alone without sighted help.
On Mr. Eration's side, his expert witness, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek will
argue that the blind have a right to live in the world and society
must practice a policy of integrationism. Society should expect that
the blind will be about in the land using a dog, cane, or nothing at
all to aid travel. A reasonable city would take reasonable
precautions to prevent injuries to its blind citizens and visitors.
There will be three witnesses for each side and two lawyers
representing each party. The audience will serve as our
jury. Attendees of previous Mock Trials will tell you that they are
both entertaining and raise important issues. This year's trial
travels back to the 1940's and the legal climate that blind people
faced at that time. Join us next Monday. Your jury fee is $5 and
such funds will help the NABL carry on its good work.
You now may be seated.
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