March 6, 2007 - Evergreen H.S. wins CBA Mock Trials
March 6, 2007
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Evergreen H.S. wins CBA Mock Trials
And a first: Denver public school competes in the championship round
March 6, 2007 — Evergreen and George Washington high schools faced off for the championship on Saturday in the 22nd Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament in Brighton, Colo. Evergreen ended up with the title after a tough round.
This is the first time since 1992 that Evergreen has claimed the title, and the first year that a Denver public school made it to the championship.
“High school students who participate in the CBA mock trial program are given a rare opportunity to learn about the substance and the processes of the law, and to have their performances critiqued by experienced trial lawyers and judges,” said Administrative Law Judge David P. Cain. “Participants also learn important life skills such as cooperation, team work and professional courtesy.”
Evergreen will compete in the national championship in Dallas, Texas, May 11–14, where 44 teams from the United States, Northern Marianna Islands, Guam and Korea will participate.
The state finals were held at the Adams County Justice Center. Twenty high schools competed. Results by ranking can be found at http://www.cobar.org/group/index.cfm?EntityID=dpwfp&category=2480.
Teams tried a civil case involving an accident where a pickup truck and train collided at a crossing in rural Adams County, killing the 17-year-old driver of the truck. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the championship round, and other judges included Adams/Broomfield Chief Judge Harlan Bockman, Adams/Broomfield County Judge Michael Cox, Industrial Claim Appeals Judge David Cain, Adams/Broomfield County Bar Association President Sharon Holbrook and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association President Awilda Marquez.
Teams prepare both sides of the case and don’t find out which side they will take until they step into the courtroom. Students perform all roles, and are judged on how well they know the case, question witnesses, advocate their side of the case, make and respond to objections, as well as how well witnesses play their roles, and dramatic speaking and persuasive argument skills.