Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno has been volunteering his time to help Morton High School Teacher Amanda West prepare for the upcoming YMCA Mock Trials in Vancouver, WA.

“Parents in the community are lucky to have Amanda, who goes above and beyond for their kids,” said Abbarno, in a recent interview with the East County Journal. “The children learn lifelong skills through the preparation and competition.”

The Washington State YMCA Mock Trial Competition provides an opportunity for students to participate in a competitive high drama courtroom showdown between teams from around the state. The mock trial allows students to participate in a true-to-life courtroom drama. High school teams of attorneys and witnesses prepare the case for trial and compete at district levels before real judges in actual courtrooms. “Juries” of attorneys rate the teams for their presentation, while the presiding judges rule on the motions, objections, and ultimately the merits.

“As part of a competitive team, middle and high school students develop skills in oral advocacy, research and critical thinking,” added Abbarno. “The community of Morton is lucky to have Amanda working on this project with the Morton Students.”

From all the attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, Congratulations and Good Luck!!