|For Immediate Release
||CONTACT: Jason Westphal
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6077
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Regional champs head to mock trial semis
MADISON, March 6, 2003 - Students from 16 state high
schools will compete in the semifinals of the State Bar of Wisconsin's
Mock Trial Tournament on Sunday, March 9 at the Dane County Courthouse
in Madison (see attached). The morning trials will begin at 8 a.m., with
the afternoon sessions starting at 1:30 p.m.
The teams advanced to the semifinal round by winning the regional
tournament last month. Teams of six to 12 students will argue a case
before a panel of three mock trial judges consisting of actual judges
and attorneys. This year's simulated trial is a criminal case that
involves the battery of a student apparently instigated by the
defendant's perception of the victim's sexual orientation.
The two semifinal winners will compete in the finals at 1:30 p.m. on
Monday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Teams competing in the final
round will present their cases before Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson,
Justice Jon Wilcox, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Justice David Prosser.
The state champion will represent Wisconsin in the National Mock Trial
Finals in New Orleans, Louisiana this May.
The High School Mock Trial Tournament is designed to develop and test
critical thinking and public speaking skills while exposing students to
the atmosphere of a real-life trial situation. Hundreds of Wisconsin
lawyers, judges and teachers statewide volunteer to coordinate the State
Bar's High School Mock Trial tournament annually as a way of serving the
community by educating students about the legal process.
For more information on the Mock Trial Tournament, visit www.legalexplorer.com, or
contact Dee Runaas at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law
license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members, and assists Wisconsin
lawyers in carrying out initiatives to educate the public about the