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    103 Teams to Compete in Wisconsin's High School Mock Trial Regional Competition

    More than 1,000 high school students are preparing to compete in the 2020 High School Mock Trial regional competition on Feb. 8, 2020. This year, they tackle a case involving a fictional drowning case.
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    Lodi High School mock trial team

    The varsity mock trial team from Lodi High School pauses for a photo before competing on the plaintiff side at Brookfield Central High School in December. The team competes in the regional tournament in Juneau on Feb. 8 against teams from four high schools.

    Feb. 5, 2020 – More than 1,000 high school students are preparing to compete in the State Bar of Wisconsin 2020 High School Mock Trial regional competition on Feb. 8, 2020.

    The competition involves 103 teams competing in 11 regional tournaments, held in local courthouses around Wisconsin. In the regional competitions, teams compete in two rounds to determine which teams make it to the semi-final rounds in Madison.

    The top 22 teams will advance to the semifinals in Madison on March 13 and 14, and the two finalists appear before judges in the State Capitol building in the state finals competition in Madison on March 15. The winner of the state finals will compete in the Mock Trial National Championship in Evansville, Indiana, on May 6-9, 2020.

    Students Gain Understanding of Our Legal System

    Mock trial provides high school students with an opportunity to tackle a fictional case with facts and materials developed by Wisconsin attorneys. This year, students are tackling the issues presented in the case Estate of Jonah Stark et. al. v. Clearwater Hills Country Club, involving a drowning at the country club.

    The students – in teams of 6 to 12 – argue the case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions. Acting in roles of attorneys and witnesses on both sides, students gain a deeper understanding of the court system as they develop their arguments and build their cases.

    Supported by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the State Bar

    Since its inception in 1983, the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Program has brought our legal system to life for thousands of students.

    The Mock Trial program is funded by a generous grant from the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin, supporting law-related and public service programs statewide.

    Attorneys are needed as volunteers for the competitions. To find out more, visit the Mock Trial volunteer page on WisBar.org and contact Katie Wilcox, Mock Trial program manager, at (608) 250-6191 or org kwilcox wisbar wisbar kwilcox org.

    Teams headed to the regional tournament include students from areas listed below. Schools may field more than one team.

    Appleton

    The Appleton area regionals take place at the Outagamie County Justice Center. Ten teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Appleton West High School
    • Kewaskum High School
    • New London High School
    • Sheboygan High School
    • West Bend High School
    • Xavier High School

    Eau Claire

    The regional tournament in the Eau Claire area is held at the Eau Claire County Courthouse. Seven teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Eau Claire Memorial High School
    • Class ACT Charter School
    • River Falls High School
    • Superior High School

    Green Bay

    The Green Bay area regionals is held at the Brown County Courthouse. Eight teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Bay Port High School
    • De Pere High School
    • Neenah High School
    • Oshkosh West High School
    • St. Mary Catholic High School
    • Sturgeon Bay High School

    Juneau

    The regional tournament for Juneau area schools takes place at the Dodge County Courthouse. Eight teams will be competing from these schools:

    • Beaver Dam High School
    • Lodi High School
    • Mayville High School
    • Waunakee High School

    Kenosha

    Kenosha-area teams will compete at the Racine County Courthouse. Fourteen teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Christian Life High School
    • Franklin High School
    • Lake Geneva High School
    • Lakeview Technology Academy
    • Nicolet High School
    • Oak Creek High School
    • St. Catherine’s High School
    • St. Thomas More High School
    • Whitnall High School

    La Crosse

    The La Crosse area regionals is held at the La Crosse County Courthouse. Eight teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Boscobel High School
    • Highland High School
    • La Crosse Logan High School
    • Luxemburg Casco High School
    • Melrose-Mindoro High School
    • Prairie du Chien High School
    • River Valley High School

    Madison

    The Madison regional tournament is held at the Dane County Courthouse. Fourteen teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Barneveld High School
    • DeForest High School
    • Beloit Turner High School
    • James Madison Memorial High School
    • Johnson Creek High School
    • Madison West High School
    • Mineral Point High School
    • Middleton High School
    • New Glarus High School
    • Oregon High School
    • Stoughton High School

    Milwaukee

    The Milwaukee-area regional tournament is held at the Milwaukee Federal Courthouse. Eleven teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Cedarburg High School
    • Golda Meir High School
    • Mukwonago High School
    • Pewaukee High School
    • Pius XI High School
    • Shorewood High School
    • Wauwatosa West High School
    • Whitefish Bay High School

    Waukesha

    The Waukesha tournament takes place at the Waukesha County Courthouse. Ten teams from the region will be competing from these schools:

    • Arrowhead High School
    • Brookfield Academy
    • Brookfield Central High School
    • Kettle Moraine High School
    • Waukesha South High School

    Wausau

    Wausau-area teams compete at the Marathon County Courthouse. Seven teams from the Wausau region will be competing from these schools:

    • DC Everest High School
    • Phillips High School
    • Rhinelander High School
    • Stratford High School
    • Wausau West High School

    Wisconsin Rapids

    Wisconsin Rapids-area teams compete at the Wood County Courthouse. Six teams from the region will be competing from these schools:




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