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March 17, 2008 - George Washington H.S. wins CBA Mock Trials

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March 17, 2008
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George Washington H.S. wins CBA Mock Trials

Watch a news video featuring the George Washington Highschool Mock Trial team.

March 17, 2008 — George Washington and William Jackson Palmer High Schools faced off for the championship on Saturday in the 23rd Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament in Fort Collins, Colo. George Washington High School ended up with the title after a tough round, and is the first Denver Public School team ever to claim the state title.

“High school students who participate in the CBA mock trial program are given a rare opportunity to learn about the substance and the processes of the law, and to have their performances critiqued by experienced trial lawyers and judges,” said Administrative Law Judge David P. Cain. “Participants also learn important life skills such as cooperation, team work and professional courtesy.”

George Washington will compete in the national championship in Wlimington, Del., May 8–10, where 44 teams from the United States, Northern Marianna Islands, Guam and Korea will participate.

The state finals were held at the Larimer County Justice Center. Twenty-Two high schools competed. Results by ranking can be found at

Teams tried a cold criminal case involving a brutal robbery at the Fort Collins Farmers Market, killing a promising young street performer. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the championship round. Others who helped judge the championship round are: Hon. Christine A. Carney, 8th Judicial County Court; Renee Doak, Larimer County District Attorney's office; Teresa Ablao, Senior Assistant City Attorney; Hon. Dave Cain, CBA Mock Trial Committee Co-Chair; Aldin Hill, Litigation Section Executive Council; Hon. Peter J. Stapp, Magistrate,17th Judicial District;  and Roger Clark, CBA Past-President.

Teams prepare both sides of the case and don’t find out which side they will take until they step into the courtroom. Students perform all roles, and are judged on how well they know the case, question witnesses, advocate their side of the case, make and respond to objections, as well as how well witnesses play their roles, and dramatic speaking and persuasive argument skills.