Online Events: Mock Trial of Ethan Frome (2/12/21)

By way of introduction, I am an attorney who practices in Gainesville, Florida, who also teaches prelaw courses at University of Florida, including a course that I designed called Law and Literature.  In this course, the class studies literary texts which contain legal issues that are never addressed by the respective author.  The students analyze these legal issues, research the apposite law, and draft legal briefs in support of their position.  A mock trial is then conducted at the end of each unit.

On Friday (2/12/21), one of my classes will conduct the mock trial of Ethan Frome.  Wharton’s eponymous protagonist has been criminally charged with attempted first and second degree murder.  In addition, Mattie Silver has filed two civil claims against Mr. Frome, alleging that his gross negligence caused the paralysis that she suffered as a result of that fateful toboggan ride.  The class has already deposed a tobogganing manufacturer as an expert witness.

I am wondering if you and anyone else affiliated with the Wharton Society would  be interested in either serving as a juror for Mr. Frome’s mock trial or simply watching it on Zoom.  If so, please contact me at your convenience and I will be happy to elaborate.  I apologize for the late notice.  Please find below links to some media coverage that the Law and Literature class has received.  I hope to hear from you soon.

–Bernie O’Donnell

odonnellb@ufl.edu

https://www.gainesville.com/news/20190227/students-argue-jekylls-guilt-innocence-in-mock-trial

https://mycbs4.com/news/local/uf-students-argue-case-involving-dr-jekyll-during-mock-trial