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Media Advisory
Maryland Court of Appeals Hosts Mock Trial State Championship


(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – April 12, 2011) High school students will be arguing their case before the state’s highest court on Friday, April 15. The stakes are high: After competing throughout the school year, the students coming before Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. in the Maryland Court of Appeals are the finalists in the 2011 Mock Trial State Championship. The media are invited to attend.

Four teams will compete in the semifinals on Thursday, April 14, in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Annapolis: Bishop Walsh School (Allegany County), Friends School (Baltimore City), Park School (Baltimore County), and Richard Montgomery High School (Montgomery County). The winners of the semifinals will face off the next day in the Court of Appeals to decide the state championship.

The mock trial competition is sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference. Each year, high school mock trial teams compete at least four times each in local matches. By the time a team has reached the state championship, it will have competed, on average, 10-12 times. Virtually all competitions are held in either District or Circuit courtrooms.

Since the competition began in 1983, almost 50,000 students from most counties in Maryland have participated.

The success of the mock trial competition is heavily dependent upon volunteer attorneys and judges who coach teams, and score competitions at local, regional, semifinal and final levels. Each year, several hundred attorneys, masters and judges across the state volunteer for this program.


WHAT Mock Trial State Championship
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2011
10 a.m.-noon
WHERE Maryland Court of Appeals
361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Md.
WHO: Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., Maryland Court of Appeals, presiding
Sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference
MEDIA CONTACT: Please call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, if you would like to attend or have questions. Cameras will be permitted before and after the competition. Arguments start at 10 a.m. The arguments will be webcast on the Judiciary’s website, http://mdcourts.gov.

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