AUBURN — Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has announced creation of a scholarship award for senior students at Lewiston High School.

Each year, Lewiston High School fields a team in the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Maine State Bar Association and is designed to give high school students an opportunity to conduct the actual trial of a hypothetical case.

Students gain insight into the judicial process, law, rules of evidence and procedure as well as skills in public speaking, poise and confidence.

The Lewiston team, coached and taught by Michelle Crowley of the Lewiston High School faculty is routinely in the top 10 of Maine high schools that enter the competition, and the team reached the state finals in 2012.

For several years, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott shareholder and director, Darcie Beaudin has served as a volunteer attorney adviser to the LHS team. In recent years, she has been joined in that role by fellow Skelton Taintor & Abbott Attorneys Adam Lee, Tom Faiella and Ron Lebel.

In order to enhance its support and commitment to the LHS Mock Trial Team and program, Skelton Taintor & Abbott has created the Lewiston High School Mock Trial Team MVP Award. The award, and a $1,000 college scholarship, will be given each year to a senior member of the team selected by Crowley.

Criteria for the award include: minimum two-year commitment to the program; demonstrated leadership and a “team first” attitude; strong work ethic; demonstration of significant personal growth and development; and financial need.

Beaudin said, “Our firm is committed to the mock trial program and its students at Lewiston High School. The scholarship award demonstrates the strength of that commitment.”

Teacher Michelle Crowley added, “The students and staff at LHS who are involved in the mock trial program are deeply indebted to the attorneys of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott. Each year, they devote dozens of volunteer hours in helping the team develop and hone its skills. They sponsor an awards dinner for the team at the end of each season. Now they have created a scholarship program for members of the team. They are tremendous role models to our students.”

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott will announce the first annual recipient of the scholarship in the coming weeks.

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