Two Local High Schools to Compete in Regional Mock Trial Final
LaSalle College High School and The Haverford School, two private all-male high schools, will compete for the regional Mock Trial championship title on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The trial will be presided over by President Judge Richard J. Hodgson, and Montgomery County attorneys and other members of the legal community will serve as jurors. The winner will move on to Round 1 of the State Mock Trial Competitions in Harrisburg on March 27, 2009.
The finalists were announced at a reception held at the Montgomery Bar Association after Round 3 of the trials on February 19th.
The 2009 Mock Trials in Montgomery County began on February 10th with 24 teams from local high schools competing towards the final round. The trials are sponsored by the Montgomery Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the Section Officers are responsible for the coordination and organization of the trials. Members of the Young Lawyers Section are very much involved in the trials and often serve as jurors and timekeepers.
The Mock Trial Competition gives eight-member student teams the opportunity to argue both sides of a case in an actual courtroom before a judge. The students, who play the roles of lawyers, witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants, are assisted by teacher coaches and attorney advisors, many of whom are members of the Montgomery Bar Association, in preparing for competition. Volunteer attorneys and community leaders serve as jurors in the trials. The juries determine the winners in each trial based on the teams’ abilities to prepare their cases, present arguments and follow court rules.
Click here for more information on the 2009 PBA Statewide Mock Trial Championships and to read this year’s case.