COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 00, 2010 – Karen Walter, a partner with Rutan & Tucker LLP, California’s largest full-service law firm based in Orange County, has been named an Attorney Coach of the Year for her work with the Mock Trial team at El Dorado High School of Placentia. The team recently participated in the 2010 Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) Mock Trial competition.
Mock Trial combines law-related education with tournament style competition. Using a simulated criminal court case, students explore current and complex legal, social and constitutional issues. Each year, student teams from over 40 local high schools prepare to enact every role in a trial with the guidance of attorney and teacher coaches. Each round of the competition takes place at the courthouse in front of real judges and attorneys who volunteer to score the students’ performances.
Walter has participated for many years as a student, scorer and attorney coach for the competition. She serves on CRF-OC’s Board of Directors and is the chair of the Mock Trial committee.
As a litigation partner in the firm's Public Law Section, she represents public and private clients in complex matters such as inverse condemnation, consumer class action defense and appellate work. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 1996.
“We encourage our attorneys to be involved with organizations, such as the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County, that challenge young minds,” Ski Harrison, the firm’s managing partner, who is a former principal and school district superintendent.
About Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County. The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. Our mission is to involve and empower youth to become active, responsible citizens. Established in 1981, CRF-OC combines a variety of educational formats, outside of the traditional classroom, with hands-on experiences and direct contact with the individuals who make our systems of business, justice and government work. Each year, over 10,000 young people and volunteers from Orange County's various communities participate in our programs. More information is available at www.crfoc.com.