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
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
First place: Lodi High School
Second place: Beaver Dam High School
First place: Nicolet High School
Second place: Lakeview Technology Academy
La Crosse Region
First place: River Valley High School
Second place: Logan High School
First place: Middleton High School
Second place: Madison West High School
First place: Whitefish Bay High School
Second place: Shorewood High School
First place: Brookfield Academy
Second place: Brookfield Central High School
First place: DC Everest High School
Second place: Rhindlander High School
Wisconsin Rapids Region
First place: Kewaskum High School
Second place: Marshfield High School