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TCL > May 1999 Issue > 1999 Mock Trials Introduction

May 1999       Vol. 28, No. 5       Page  31
Mock Trials - 1999

1999 Mock Trials Introduction

The smiling faces in the following pages represent more than 600 high school students who learned or improved critical thinking and speaking skills while practicing for the recent CBA High School Mock Trial Competition. The winner of the state competition, Regis Jesuit High School, will compete in the national competition in May. However, everyone really won.

Consider this both a brag and a plea.

The CBA is proud of all the attorneys who coached teams, and those who judged, ran, or scored the competitions. In all, sixty-eight teams represented forty-eight high schools, with help from thirteen local bar associations.

The plea is this: Especially if you have a student in high school, consider getting involved and coaching a team at your local high school. It takes time, energy, patience, and all those other good qualities you would like to see develop in your own child. It is a great bonding experience that allows you to get to know a group of teenagers who are obviously setting goals for themselves and trying to achieve their personal best.

Colorado teams have fared well in national competitions. Evergreen High School won the national championship in 1990. Columbine High School finished in the top five in 1994, and Kent Denver finished in the top five in 1995. In all competitions, whether regional, state, or national, tensions run as high as in a real trial.

Our goal is to see all the local bar associations and all the state high schools involved in the year 2000 competition. To find out what it takes, call Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736.

Colorado State Champions
Regis Jesuit High School



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