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    February 16, 2016

    The Verdict is in: 16 Teams Advance to State Mock Trial Semifinals

    Madison, WI – Students from 16 Wisconsin high schools will advance to the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 33rd Annual High School Mock Trial semifinal event on Saturday, March 12 at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison.

    Katie StenzFor more information contact Katie Stenz, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org kstenz wisbar wisbar kstenz org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    Each team will have a chance to make their case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges during the two-day event, beginning with four trials on Saturday and concluding with the top two teams competing in a final round on Sunday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The winning team will go on to represent the state at the National Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho. 

    The mock trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case that has been developed by State Bar members. This year’s students – in teams of 6 to 12 – unravel a civil case.

    The case, which was drafted by members of the State Bar Mock Trial Committee, prompts students to debate a police officer’s use of excessive force on a young, homeless person.

    2016 Mock Trial Regional Winners

    All teams finishing first in each region will compete in the semifinals, along with four wildcard teams. Wildcard teams are selected randomly from all second place winners unless that team is from the same school as the first place team. In that circumstance the wildcard spot goes to the next highest ranking team. The teams advancing to the semifinals are:

    Appleton Region
    First place: Oshkosh West High School (Team 1)
    Wildcard: Appleton West High School (Team 1)

    Eau Claire Region
    First place: Superior High School (Team 1)

    Green Bay Region
    First place: Bay Port High School

    Janesville Region
    First place: Oregon High School (Team 1)

    Juneau Region
    First place: Lodi High School (Team 1)
    Wildcard:  Dodgeland High School

    La Crosse Region
    First place: La Crosse Logan Senior High School

    Madison Region
    First place: Middleton High School Team 1
    Wildcard: Madison West High School

    Milwaukee Region
    First place: Shorewood High School (Team 1)

    Racine Region
    First place: Franklin High School

    Waukesha Region
    First place: Kettle Moraine (Team 1)

    Wausau Region
    First place: Rhinelander High School (Team 1)
    Wildcard: Wausau West High School

    Wisconsin Rapids Region
    First place: Marshfield High School (Team 1)

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