Mock Trial Championship brings high school students to
Court of Appeals

High school students argued their case before the state’s highest court Friday, April 19, in the 2013 Mock Trial State Championship.

The all-girl team from Annapolis High School edged out Allegany High School’s team to claim the 2013 championship. Retired Court of Appeals Judge Dale R. Cathell presided.

Annapolis and Allegany had won semifinal competitions held the day before in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. The runners-up in the semifinals were Park School from Baltimore County and Frederick County’s Urbana High School.

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, more than 54,000 students from most counties in Maryland have participated.

The success of the mock trial competition depends heavily on 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.

The championship event was webcast live on the Judiciary’s website, and the webcast can be viewed from the Judiciary’s education page, www.mdcourts.gov/education/mocktrial.html.

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