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Schauermann Thayer Lawyers Help Prep Students for Mock Trial Competition

Posted by William K. Thayer | Apr 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Schauermann Thayer attorneys Scott Staples and Ben Melnick recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours with a team of students from a local home school cooperative, advising the group ahead of its upcoming appearance in a mock trial competition being held at the Clark County Courthouse.

 We like to do anything we can to help students with an interest in the law, and particularly in trial work. While Mr. Staples was more than happy to give some pointers on evidentiary issues and witness examination techniques that carry across many areas of law, he readily acknowledged (having worked as a civil attorney handling personal injury cases and trials for his entire career) that he lacked any meaningful experience in criminal law. The law problem the students were charged with tacking: a murder trial.

Enter Mr. Melnick to save the day. Ben's past experience as a criminal defense attorney proved to be an invaluable resource in working through some of the particulars of the problem, and saved Mr. Staples from many sheepish answers beginning with “I'm not really sure….”

We hope these young people got something out of our time together- we certainly did, and we wish them all the best at the upcoming competition.      

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William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and has been practicing law since 1980. Bill advises and represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims are settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer has litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He is also frequently appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.

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