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    News Release March 2002: Madison West and Rhinelander High Schools to Face Off in Mock Trial Finals

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: org cpowers wisbar Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (608) 250-6025

    Madison West and Rhinelander High Schools to face off in Mock Trial Finals

    MADISON, March 10, 2002 - Madison West and Rhinelander high schools will face off in the High School Mock Trial Finals at the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday at 1:30 p.m. The two schools will argue their case before the entire Supreme Court. The competition is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Media are invited to attend.

    The state champion will represent Wisconsin in the National Mock Trial Finals in St. Paul, Minnesota this May. Rhinelander High School won the state competiton last year and went on to finish seventh at the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

    The teams advanced to the final round by winning the semifinal tournament at the Dane County courthouse today, which included 16 schools. This year's simulated trial stems from the death of a high school student, who instead of attending his senior prom, decided to play Russian roulette with two friends and ended up with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

    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.

    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 legal system.

    For more information on the Mock Trial Tournament, visit