Vol. 30, No. 5
Mock Trials - 2001
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 Competitions. The winner of the state competitions, Doherty High School, from Colorado Springs, will compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Omaha,Nebraska 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-one teams represented forty-five 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, Kent Denver finished in the top five in 1995, and Regis Jesuit was national runner-up in 1999. In all competitions, whether regional, state, or national, energy levels run as high as in a real trial.
The CBA's goal is to see all the local bar associations and all the state high schools involved in the 2002 competitions. To find out what it takes, call Dave Ells at the CBA, (303) 824-5323 or (800) 332-6736.
Colorado State Champions
Doherty - Team One
The CBA Law Education Committee would like to acknowledge the following members without whom this state competition would not have been possible.
Hon. Harlan Bockman, Chief Judge, 17th JD - Host, Colorado State Tournament
Christine Hylbert - Adams, Boulder, and Weld Regional
Mark Adams - Larimer County Regional
Hon. David Juarez - Host, Colorado State Tournament
Adams County Bar Association - Hosts, Colorado State Tournament
Tom Walsh - First J.D. Regional Tournament
Jason Downey, Katie Hayes - Southern Colorado Regional Tournament
Ron Wilson - Glenwood Springs Regional Tournament
Hon. Christine Chauche, Libby McKeever - Denver/Arapahoe Regional
Chris Little, Elsa Martinez Tenreiro, Jim Carr, Paula Polluconi - Denver/Arapahoe Regional and Colorado State Tournament
These tournament coordinators tirelessly scheduled courthouses and courtrooms, and recruited presiding judges and scoring panelists. Without their support and the support of their local bar associations, the state mock trial competitions simply would not exist. Immense amounts of thanks go to all of them.
A special thanks goes to all the "real" judges who volunteered to preside over local and state tournament trial rounds. While it is true that the students desire it, your graciousness in accepting the challenge and your skills in providing the appropriate combination of courtroom and educational environments made the competition successful at all levels. The participation of real judges and attorneys makes this competition legitimate. Thank you very much!
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