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May 2008       Vol. 37, No. 5       Page  17
In and Around the Bar
2008 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Photo Highlights, Facts, and Thanks

2008 Colorado Bar Association
High School Mock Trial Tournament:
Local High School Students Have Their Day in Court

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


GW High School vs. Wm. Jackson Palmer High School.

Colorado has a new High School
Mock Trial State Champion!

Congratulations to George Washington High School for winning the
state title at the 2008 Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
High School Mock Trial Tournament.

The tournament, held at the Larimer County Justice Center on March 14 and 15, 2008, featured high school students litigating a cold criminal case involving a brutal robbery at the Fort Collins Farmers Market, during which a promising young street performer was killed. The competition was tough this year, as twenty-two teams from across Colorado vied for the state title and the opportunity to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Wilmington, Delaware this May.

George Washington (GW) High School students competed against students from Wm. Jackson Palmer High School in an intense championship round, which was presided over by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex J. Martinez. Scoring the championship round were Hon. Christine A. Carney, Eighth Judicial County Court; Renee Doak of the Larimer County District Attorney’s office; Teresa Ablao, Senior Assistant City Attorney; Hon. Dave Cain, CBA Mock Trial Committee Co-Chair; Aldin Hill, CBA Litigation Section Executive Council; Hon. Peter J. Stapp, Magistrate, Seventeenth Judicial District (J.D.); and Roger Clark, CBA Past President.

This is the first time a Denver Public School has won the final championship round. As a result of their victory, GW students will compete for the national title against forty-four teams from across the United States and U.S. Territories.

The GW team is known for its diversity. It includes students who are immigrants or children of immigrants and for whom English is a second language. After the Regional Competition, GW students could be heard reporting the news to their parents via cell phones—speaking in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, and English. The students also come from a variety of economic and religious backgrounds.

Teacher-coach Barbara Gale-Martinez started the GW Mock Trial Program in 2004–05. She established a law class for the 2008–09 school year. Although all attorney-coaches spend a great deal of time with the kids, Gale-Martinez dedicates more time than most. For example, she meets with the team on weekdays, helps with assignments the attorney-coaches provide, and transports and feeds team members. According to the team’s attorney-coach Dennis Kaw, "The team’s success is due mostly to Barbara’s dedication. She truly loves these kids and her donation of time and money shows it."

The CBA continued its tradition of awarding a CBA Mock Trial Team Professionalism Award, as well as Outstanding Attorney and Witness Awards. These awards recognize accomplishments of teams and individuals. The Team Professionalism Award went to Boulder High School. Several students were recognized by scoring panelists for their outstanding performances as attorneys and witnesses. These outstanding attorneys and witnesses were presented certificates in front of their peers, teachers, coaches, and parents.

This year was the twenty-third anniversary of the CBA High School Mock Trial Program. The CBA hosted 102 teams that participated in eight regional tournaments across Colorado in the following regions: Adams/Broomfield; Arapahoe County; Boulder County; Denver; First J.D.; Northern Colorado; Southern Colorado; and Western Slope.

As they prepared for their regional tournaments, more than 1,200 students learned about the litigation process and gained critical thinking, advocacy, strategic planning, and speaking skills. The following pages include additional information about regional tournament team participation.

The CBA High School Mock Trial Program would not exist without the support of CBA volunteers. The CBA and the Public Legal Education Committee and its Mock Trial Subcommittee sincerely thank all of the attorneys and teachers who served as coaches. These dedicated volunteers committed hundreds of hours toward preparing students for the regional and state tournaments.

The CBA also thanks the local bar associations and their attorney members who coordinated regional tournaments, as well as the hundreds of attorneys, judges and magistrates, and community volunteers who supported the regional and state tournaments as presiding judges and scoring panelists. Without the commitment of all of these people, the tournaments would not be possible. A heartfelt thank you also goes to the dedicated students, parents, and teachers who helped promote and support this program.

To find out how to become involved in future high school mock trial programs as a judge, an attorney-coach, or a tournament volunteer, please contact Carolyn P. Gravit at the CBA at (303) 824-5323, (800) 332-6736, or

Congratulations to all High School Mock Trial teams
that participated in the 2008 CBA State Mock Trial Tournament

( ) denotes number of teams; teams listed in alphabetical order;
* indicates team participating for the first time

 Adams/Broomfield Regional Tournament

Bennett High School (1); Broomfield High School (3); Holy Family High School (2); Northglenn High School (1)

Advancing to State
Broomfield High School, Holy Family High School

 Arapahoe County Regional Tournament

Aurora Central High School (4); Cherry Creek High School (2); Gateway High School (Aurora) (1); Kent Denver (2); Rangeview High (Aurora) (1)*; Regis Jesuit High School (3); Rock Canyon High School (3); St. Mary’s Academy (2); William Smith High (Aurora) (1)*

Advancing to State
Cherry Creek High School A, Regis Jesuit High School A & B,
Rock Canyon High School A

 Boulder Regional Tournament

Boulder High School (1); Fairview High School (1); Justice High School (1); Monarch High School (1); Niwot High School (2); Peak to Peak Charter (1)

Advancing to State
Boulder High School, Peak to Peak Charter

 Denver Regional Tournament

Bollman Tech Ed Center (1)*; Denver North High School (1)*; Denver School of Science & Technology (2); George Washington High School (2); Kennedy High School (1); La Academia (1)

Advancing to State
George Washington High School A & B

 First J.D. Regional Tournament

Arvada West High School (1); Bear Creek High School (1); Chatfield High School (1); Clear Creek High School (2); Conifer High School (1); Dakota Ridge High School (1); Evergreen High School (2); Lakewood High School (2); Lookout Academy (1); Ralston Valley High School (1)

Advancing to State
Bear Creek High School, Clear Creek High School A,
Evergreen High School A

 Northern Colorado Regional Tournament

Fleming High (1)*; Fort Collins High School (1); Poudre High School (1)*; Ridgeview Classical School (2); Rocky Mountain High School (1)

Advancing to State
Ridgeview Classical School A & B

 Southern Colorado Regional Tournament

Air Academy High School (1); Cheyenne Mountain High School (2); Coronado High School (2); Doherty High School (2); East High School (Pueblo) (1); Falcon High School (2); Pueblo County High School (1); Pueblo South High School (1); Pueblo Technical Academy (1)*; Pueblo West High School (1)*; Sand Creek High School (3); Sierra High School (1); Thunder Ridge High (1)*; Wm. Jackson Palmer High School (3)

Advancing to State
Air Academy High School, Cheyenne Mountain High School,
Doherty High School A, Falcon High School A,
Wm. Jackson Palmer High School A

 Western Slope Regional Tournament

Cornerstone Christian School (1); Durango High School (2); Fruita Monument High School (1)*; Glenwood Springs High School (3); Grand Junction High School (1); R-5 High School (1)*

Advancing to State
Glenwood Springs High School A & B

Attention CBA Members: Is there a school in your community that is not on the list? Consider starting a mock trial team in that school and serving as the team’s attorney-coach. For more information, please contact Carolyn P. Gravit at (303) 824-5323.

Teams That Advanced to State

1st J.D.


  Bear Creek High School

 Clear Creek High School A


Evergreen High School A



  Broomfield High School

 Holy Family High School

Arapahoe County


  Cherry Creek High School A

Regis Jesuit High School A


  Regis Jesuit High School B

 Rock Canyon High School A



  Boulder High School

Peak to Peak Charter



 George Washington High School A

George Washington High School B

 Northern Colorado


  Ridgeview Classical School A

Ridgeview Classical School B  

 Southern Colorado


 Air Academy High School

Cheyenne Mountain High School


 Doherty High School A

Falcon High School A


Wm. Jackson Palmer High School A

 Western Slope


 Glenwood Springs High School A

Glenwood Springs High School B

2008 Mock Trials: Did you know?

> George Washington High School will be competing at the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Wilmington, Delaware. This is the first time a Denver Public School has reached the national tournament. The George Washington High School mock trial team was started in 2004, at which time it comprised six students. Four of these six students are seniors on this year’s team.

> By the numbers: 220 volunteers staffed forty rounds of mock trials (twenty-two teams in eleven courtrooms for four rounds over two days) as scoring panelists, presiding judges, and courtroom monitors.

> Rock Canyon High School qualified for state for the first time. The school began participating in the mock trial program four years ago. The team that qualified for state includes a group of juniors who began participating in the program as freshmen.

> A student from Norway, Ulrik Kruse, competed for Fleming High. Ulrik is an exchange student for the 2007–08 school year.

> Peak to Peak Charter’s team consisted of five veteran seniors and one first-year participant. The team included a pair of siblings, one future Air Force Academy cadet, a varsity soccer player, a classically trained vocalist in state honor choirs, an academic All-American lacrosse star, a ballerina, and a future trial lawyer who received a perfect score on his ACT.

> Colorado’s High School Mock Trial program is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association’s litigation section and the Colorado Bar Foundation.

 2008 State Tournament


 Chad Hemmat presides over a trial.

The Ridgeview High School teams during a break.


 Carolyn P. Gravit (right), State Coordinator, presents
 Brenton Weyi of GW High School with a Best Attorney
 Award certificate.

2008 Best Attorneys and Witnesses.

Thanks to everyone who supported the
2008 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament!

The following bar associations and their representatives sponsored
and coordinated regional tournaments:

Adams/Broomfield Counties
Michael Goodbee

Arapahoe County
Angel McCall, Michael Price

Boulder County
Christine Hylbert

Carolyn P. Gravit, Meghan Seck

First J.D.
Tom Walsh, Hon. K.J. Moore

Northern Colorado
Stacy Aurzada

Southern Colorado
Jack Donley, Jason Downie, Patricia Kelly

Western Slope
John Siddeek

Thanks to the following individuals and organizations for hosting the
2008 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament
at the Larimer County Justice Center:

Larimer County Chief Judge James Hiatt, Larimer County Bar Association,
Larimer Bar Association President-Elect Ian McCargar, and District Administrator
for the Eighth J.D. Scott Courtney.

The CBA also thanks:

  • CBA Litigation Section, for its $10,000 sponsorship of the Mock Trial Program
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, for its $6,500 grant to support regional tournaments and travel of the Colorado Mock Trial State Championship team trip to the National Championship
  • CBA Public Legal Education Committee and its Mock Trial Subcommittee, for their efforts in planning the 2008 Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament, including the following individuals: Hon. Julie E. Anderson, Co-Chair; Hon. David P. Cain, Co-Chair; John Bolmer; Nancy Fisher; Robert O. Kristufek; Mary Roudebush; Hon. Peter Stapp; Elsa Martinez Tenreiro; Laura Tighe;Teri Vasquez; and Cyril Vidergar


 Theresa Albano
Cary Alburn
Damian Arguello
Sydney Beal
Shelly Berg
Steve Bernard
Jolene Blair
Joseph Bodine
Michael Born
Todd Bovo
David Bower
Jane Bradley
Kristin Browning
Gary Burke
Linda Cain
John Castellano
Ashley Chase
Carey Christie
Heather Clark
James Colgan
Tom Condas
Erin Connor
William Cooney
C. Scott Crabtree
Nicole Daniels
Jeffrey Dean
Wick Downing
Kimberley Duncan
Jenna Ellis
Nancy Fisher
John Frey
Bill Fritsche

Leena Gagnon
Jim Gantenbein
Moses Garcia
Michelle Gersic
Carla Giger
Gail Goodman
L’Joy Griebenow
Jamie Grim
Judy Sayre Grim
Andrea Hall
Lisa Hamilton-Fieldman
George Hass
Craig Hess
Bradley Hill
Jennifer Hill
Matt Holmes
Bill Imig
Deborah Johansen
Drake Johnson
Geri Joneson
John Jostad
Sheryl Kamicar
Michael Kaplan
Jacqueline Karol Broadhurst
Angelina Kastro
Dan Kaup
Mike Keating
Michael Krueger
Matthew Laird
Kathryn Laughlin
Jay Ledbetter
Richard LiPuma

Amy Liston
Faye Lockner
Allison Lococo
Randall Lococo
David Lonowski
Kathryn Lonowski
Sarah Lonowski
Erika Maas
Porya Mansorian
Maria Massaro
Stan Matsunaka
Laurie Mazurkiewicz
Ian McCargar
Cathleen McEwen
Rachel Michael
Mike Mikulecky
David Mitchell
Marsha Mussehl
Matt O’Brien
Tracy Oldemeyer
Carolyn Pannell
Dianne Peterson
Jill Phipps
David Piper
Jeffrey Pond
Patricia Post
Natalie Quick
Robert Rand
LeeAnn Reigrut
Kathie Riley
Christopher Rossi
Jeanette Saville 

Peter Schoon
Laura Schuck
Robert Schur
Allen Schwartz
Gertrude Score
William Searfoorce
Lisa Secor
Shannon Sharrock
Bruce Shibles
Russell Sinnett
Anne Sipes
Graham Smith
Kristine Smith
Peter Stapp
Bill Starks
Kimberly Stecklein
C. Edward Stirman
Doug Stratton
Betty Strobel
Susan Trigg
Diane Vaksdal Smith
Amber Vanden Hout
Damien Veatch
Cyril R. Vidergar
Miriam Villegas-Negron
Cathy Vlasak
Dave Williams
Zachary Wilson
Don Wiseman
Robert Wolf
Matthew Zeite

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