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    February 12, 2020

    The Verdict Is In: 22 Teams Advance to State Mock Trial Semifinals

    Mock Trial semifinal competition

    ​Students from Nicolet High School placed first in the Kenosha Regionals on Feb. 8, 2020 at the Racine County Courthouse.(PHOTO/Bridget Nimmer)

    Feb. 12, 2020 - Students from 22 Wisconsin high schools will advance to the State Bar of Wisconsin 37th Annual High School Mock Trial semifinal event on March 13-14 at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison.

    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 Evansville, Indiana.

    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 – argue a fictional case drafted by members of the State Bar of Wisconsin Mock Trial Committee, Estate of Jonah Stark et. Al. v. Clearwater Hills Country Club. The debate involves a drowning at the country club.

    Each year, more than 1,000 students participate in the mock trial tournament. High School Mock Trial is a State Bar of Wisconsin program funded by the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar. Founded in 1983, the program helps students gain a deeper understanding of our legal system while developing leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.​​

    2020 Mock Trial Regional Winners

    Appleton Region
    First place: Xavier High School
    Second place: Appleton West High School

    Eau Claire Region
    First place: River Falls High School
    Second place: Superior High School

    Green Bay Region
    First place: Bay Port High School
    Second place: Oshkosh High School

    Juneau Region
    First place: Lodi High School
    Second place: Beaver Dam High School

    Kenosha Region
    First place: Nicolet High School
    Second place: Lakeview Technology Academy

    La Crosse Region
    First place: River Valley High School
    Second place: Logan High School

    Madison Region
    First place: Middleton High School
    Second place: Madison West High School

    Milwaukee Region
    First place: Whitefish Bay High School
    Second place: Shorewood High School

    Waukesha Region
    First place: Brookfield Academy
    Second place: Brookfield Central High School

    Wausau Region
    First place: DC Everest High School
    Second place: Rhindlander High School

    Wisconsin Rapids Region
    First place: Kewaskum High School
    Second place: Marshfield High School​


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