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February 27, 2006 - Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament 2006 State Finals

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February 27, 2006
For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Ferber
Work:(303) 824-5323 Monday–Thursday
Cell: (720) 937-0156 Friday & Saturday



Who Will Dethrone Glenwood Springs, Reigning Mock Trial Champs?

This weekend, March 3–4, is the 2006 Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament state finals. Having won four consecutive years, can Glenwood Springs maintain their championship title?

Competitive teams from around the state hope not. Teams, some coming from as far as Durango, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, have been preparing for this tournament since September. There’s also St. Mary’s Academy, an all-girls school from Englewood; Kennedy High School, three-time champs of the Denver tournament; and Bear Creek and Palmer High Schools, competing for the first time.

Teams will try a case that involves a high school basketball championship game in which one player shoves another, resulting in injury and an end to a promising NBA career. Witnesses who “testify” include a scout for the Denver Nuggets, a high school basketball coach, two high school players and the defendant. All witnesses are role-played by the students.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez will preside over the championship round. Scoring the championship round will be Denver District Court Judge Christina Habas, Denver Bar Association President Christopher Little, Denver County Court Judge Andrew Armatas, Colorado Bar Association President-Elect Liz Starrs, and Asian Pacific Bar Association President-Elect Sue Kim.
The Mock Trials will take place Friday and Saturday, March 3–4, at the Denver County Court Building, 1437 Bannock St. The first round begins Friday at 1 p.m., second round at 4:15 p.m. Rounds will continue on Saturday with trials at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., with the Championship Round at 5:30 p.m.

This is the 21st year of Mock Trials sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association. Each year the process helps students develop critical thinking, speaking, reasoning, strategic planning and team collaborative skills.

One team from Colorado will go on to compete in the national championship in Oklahoma City, OK, May 11–14, where 44 teams from the United States, Northern Marianna Islands, Guam and Korea will compete.

The press is encouraged to cover this inspiring event and also to bring cameras in the courtroom. To view a full list of teams, visit