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Texas High School Students Compete for Mock Trial State Title

Friday, February 24, 2017

What:  The 38th Annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition brings more than 25 high schools teams from across Texas to Dallas the weekend of March 3-4 as they argue a hypothetical criminal court case. These teams, which have emerged as the best among their school districts and regions, will be matched against one another, culminating in a final championship round on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

Among the teams participating statewide, 7 local teams will compete March 3-4:

■ Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, Dallas
■ Hillcrest High School, Dallas
■ Skyline High School, Dallas
■ Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas
■ Creekview High School, Carrollton
■ Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano
■ Richardson High School, Richardson

Dallas judges and attorneys will serve as “jurors,” and select the teams that are best prepared and who demonstrate exceptional presentation skills. Students will portray plaintiffs and defense attorneys, as well as “witnesses.”

Throughout the tournament schedule, more than 1,000 Dallas-area attorneys and judges volunteer as mock trial clinic instructors, attorney advisers and as judges of the competition. The “case” which is presented each year is written by local attorneys, and involves students from almost 200 Texas school districts.

Why:   To teach high school students how the justice system works and how the law is applied in everyday life

and to expose them to critical thinking exercises and quick analysis through preparation and presentation.

When & Where:

o   All rounds will be at the George Allen Courthouse (600 Commerce Street)
o   Rounds 1-4 all held on Friday, March 3, at 8:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and on
o   Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m. (Round 4)
o   Semi-Final Round on Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m.
o   Final Round on Saturday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m.

The winner of this state competition will move on to the 2017 National Mock Trial Competition in

Hartford, Connecticut, May 11-13, 2017.

Photo/Video Opportunities—FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 3-4:

■ 200+ high school students from across Texas who will present outstanding arguments in court

■ Judges and attorneys serving as “jurors” in the mock trials

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org. Find out more about Texas High School Mock trial at www.texashighschoolmocktrial.com

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