CBA High School Mock Trial Program: Lakewood High School Wins Colorado Mock Trial Tournament

This marks the 32nd year of CBA High School Mock Trials. The program is sponsored by the CBA Litigation Section and the Colorado Bar Foundation. This educational program is one of the leading and most respected educational programs in the country.

More than 110 high school teams participate in Colorado’s mock trial program each year. Approximately 1,500 students perform as attorneys and/or witnesses in a court case. Hundreds of attorneys, judges, teachers, and other community leaders volunteer their time to instruct students about the judicial system and the trial process.
Teams from across the state competed in nine regional tournaments that starred high school students from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, El Paso, Garfield, Jefferson, and Larimer counties. Twenty-four teams went on to compete at the CBA State High School Mock Trial Tournament (April 1–2) at the new Pueblo Combined Court. The Pueblo Combined Court donated maintenance and security costs and provided hundreds of volunteers who presided over, scored, and monitored rounds. The local Pueblo community welcomed the event with a remarkable show of support.

This year, students had to argue both sides of a brutal cold murder case based loosely on the Serial One Podcast while contending with conflicting statements from witnesses.

Ultimately, the team from Lakewood High School was victorious, defeating a team from Regis Jesuit High School in the championship round. The champions advanced to the National Mock Trial Championship (May 11–15) in Boise, Idaho, to compete with more than 1,000 students from the United States, U.S. territories, and South Korea.
“Last year, the members of this team were surprised by the level of competition at the state tournament,” said attorney coach J. Thomas Macdonald. “This year, they were bound and determined to rise to that level. We could not be prouder of their efforts and their performance. Given the level of competition in Colorado, it is a great honor for them to have won.”

Denver Public Schools General Counsel and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the championship round. Other members of the championship round panel were:

  • Hon. Deborah R. Eyler, Chief Judge, 10th Judicial District
  • Justice Monica M. Márquez, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Dave Johnson, CBA past president
  • Hon. Robert D. Hawthorne, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Hon. John W. Madden, Denver District Court judge and co-chair, CBA State Mock Trial Committee
  • Hon. Steven L. Bernard, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Mickey W. Smith, CBA Litigation Section Council

We appreciate all the students, teachers, attorney coaches, judges, scoring panelists, courtroom monitors, parents, and community leaders who support and participate in this educational program. Participation builds successful futures for these young participants.

Congratulations to all 2016 Mock Trial students and coaches for an amazing year. We hope to see all of you again in the coming months.

Colorado champions: Alexa Sanchez, Jeff Kelson (coach), Sam Coniglio, Eric Sargent, Elizabeth Eckert, Justice Martinez (presiding judge),
Tom Maconald (coach), Avery Smith, Eloise Young, Kayla Walker, and Garrett Macdonald (coach).

Congratulations to the 2016 Participanting Teams

Below is a list of our nine regional tournaments and the teams that participated in them.


Broomfield High School
Holy Family
Mountain Range High School
Stargate High School


Arapahoe High School
Aurora Central High School
Eaglecrest High School
Elizabeth High School
Grandview High School
Kent Denver
Rangeview High School
Regis Jesuit High School
Smoky Hill High School
St. Mary’s Academy


Boulder High School
Fairview High School
Justice High School
Monarch High School
New Vista High School
Niwot High School
Peak to Peak Charter


Arrupe Jesuit High School
CEC Middle College of Denver
Colorado Academy
Denver School of Science & Technology
George Washington High School
La Academia
Mullen High School
Northfield High School



Douglas County High School
Mountain Vista High School
Rock Canyon High School

First JD—Jefferson County

Arvada West High School
D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School
Dakota Ridge High School
Evergreen High School
Green Mountain High School
Lakewood High School
Pamona High School
Warren Tech

Northern Colorado

Fort Collins High School
Fort Lupton High School
Fossil Ridge High School
Poudre High School
Ridgeview Classical Schools
Rocky Mountain High School
Union Colony Preparatory School

Southern Colorado

Air Academy High School
Coronado High School
Doherty High School
Kiowa High School
Pueblo West High School
Rampart High School
Sand Creek High School
Thomas MacLaren School
William Jackson Palmer High School

Western Slope

Glenwood Springs High School
Grand Junction High School
R-5 High School
Rifle High School

Regis Jesuit and Lakewood before final championship round.

Congratulations to the CBA Litigation Section
and the Colorado Bar Foundation

Special acknowledgments go to the CBA Litigation Section for its continued support of the costs associated with the implementation and coordination of the CBA High School Mock Trial Program. We also would like to acknowledge the Colorado Bar Foundation for its continued generous support of the regional tournaments and the Colorado State Champions’ travel to the National High School Mock Trial Tournament.

Thank You to the 2016 Regional Coordinators

Thank you to the 2016 Regional Coordinators. We appreciate your work in coordinating your regional tournament and the countless hours you devoted to preparing for the event. This program would not be possible without each one of you.


Amy Petri Beard


Kim Bockenstedt
Heather Quayle


Christine Hylbert


Carolyn Gravit
Meghan Bush


Donna Stewart
Teresa Wilkins

First JD—Jefferson County

Hon. K.J. Moore
Amanda Cruser

Northern Colorado

Stacey Aurzada
Hon. Linda Connors
Sunita Sharma
Tim Brynteson

Southern Colorado

Jason Downie

Western Slope

James Bradford

Thank You to the 2016 CBA Mock Trial Committee

Congratulations on a successful program!


Hon. John W. Madden IV

Porya Mansorian


John Bolmer
William Carey
Kischa Cook
Ruben Hernandez
Patrick Hickey
Robert O. Kristufek
Natalie Lien
Ben Migliorino
Amy Petri Beard
Emma Pinter
Timothy Rastello
Katherine Sparks
Elsa Martinez Tenreiro
Steve Thies
Cyril Vidergar
Teri Vasquez


Students from Lakewood High School.

CBA High School Mock Trial committee member William Carey prepares volunteers to score trials.

Committee member and Magistrate Ruben Hernandez presides.

Volunteer Hon. Robert Hawthorne from the Colorado Court of Appeals presides.

Glenwood Springs team.

Katherine Podolak from Kent Denver.

Lynnae Johnson from Douglas County High School questions her witness.

Students from Ft. Collins High School.

Students from Boulder High School and Fairview High School.

Students wait for announcements.

Rock Canyon High School Prepares for Cross-Examination.

Hon. Steven Bernard from the Colorado Court of Appeals addresses the final two teams.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presides over the final championship round.

Justice Monica M. Márquez, Colorado Supreme Court, gave feedback to the teams after the championship round.

Students cheer on teams during the award ceremony.

Moment of Final Announcement—Lakewood High School.

Best Attorney winners.

Best Witness winners

Team Professionalism Award winner Holy Family High School.

Students from Lakewood and Regis Jesuit congratulate each other.

Best Attorney winners.

Best Witness winners.

Volunteers from Pueblo West.

© 2017 The Colorado Lawyer and Colorado Bar Association. All Rights Reserved. Material from The Colorado Lawyer provided via this World Wide Web server is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced in any way or medium without permission. This material also is subject to the disclaimers here.