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Local High Schools to Compete in Statewide Mock Trial Competition

The Montgomery Bar Association announces the start of district competitions for the Statewide Mock Trial Championships on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm at the Montgomery County Courthouse.  Episcopal Academy, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Harriton High School, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, LaSalle College High School, Lower Merion High School, Lower Moreland High School, Methacton High School, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, North Penn High School, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, The Baldwin School, The Haverford School, Upper Dublin High School, and Wissahickon High School will be participating in the local competitions. These schools are among the 262 high school teams competing from across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s mock trial program is one of the largest in the nation.

Sponsored statewide by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 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 lawyer advisors in preparing for competition. Volunteer lawyers 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.

The district level competitions will continue throughout February and March with 12 teams advancing to the PBA Statewide Mock Trial Championships, March 28 and 29, in Harrisburg. The winning team of the state championship will represent Pennsylvania in the national mock trial finals to be held in late spring in Wilmington, Delaware. Expenses for the winning team’s trip will be funded by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

This year's mock trial case centers on an alleged kidnapping.  

For more information on the 2008 PBA Statewide Mock Trial Championships and to read this year’s case, visit the Young Lawyers Division pages on the PBA Web site at http://www.pabar.org. Pennsylvania’s mock trial program is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. 

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.