Mock Trial Competition

Overview

The High School Mock Trial Competition is one of CLP’s most popular and enduring programs. It begins with more than 70 teams competing in regional competitions across the state and culminates with the state finals competition in Portland. Students work together with classmates, teachers and volunteer attorney-coaches on a hypothetical case. They develop and sharpen critical analysis, public speaking and interpersonal skills. They become more poised and self confident – and they learn about the U.S. justice system in the process.

Teams of 8-18 students argue a case before 3-judge panels comprised of attorneys and educators or other community representatives. They will put on the case three times – arguing each side at least once. The top teams from each region compete in the state competition at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland for the Oregon title. Oregon’s winning team will send eight students to the National Mock Trial Championship.

Advancing teams will compete in the State Finals in March each year at the Mark Hatfield US Courthouse in Portland, OR. Click here to view and order photos from the 2014 State Finals.  If the website prompts you for a password, it is ClassLaw. Click here to view and order photos from the 2013 Mock Trial State Competition.  The password is ClassLaw.

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The Case

The 2014 case is available here.  Download the 2013 Mock Trial Case Part 1  Part 2. View cases from previous Mock Trial Competitions.

2013/14 Mock Trial Important Dates

DATES FOR THE 2015 MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION HAVE NOT BEEN SET – we will post the dates as soon as we confirm them!

November 1 - Registration opens.
November 15 - Two copies of the case, per team, will be mailed to teams who have submitted complete registration, including payment.
December 16 - Team registration deadline, late fees begin.
January 6 - Last day registrations accepted. No refunds after this day.
Late January - Listserv responses begin (questions welcome any time).
March 1 - All regional competitions (various locations statewide).
March 14 & 15 - State Finals Competition (Portland).

 

Results of the 2013/14 State Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations the West Linn Green team for taking SEVENTH PLACE in the National Mock Trial Competition!

Placing teams this year were, as follows: 

2nd Place – West Salem White

3rd Place – West Salem Green

4th Place – Lincoln Red

 

Advancing teams from the 2013/14 Regional Mock Trial Competitions: 

Baker High School
Catlin Gabel
Grant
Grants Pass
Jesuit
Lakeridge
Lincoln Red
Lincoln White
Parkrose
Right Cross Home School
St.Mary’s-Medford
St.Mary’s-Portland
Summit High School
Village Home Center
West Linn Green
West Linn Gold
West Salem Green
West Salem White

Regional Coordinators

Clackamas – Bill Knox, bill@007law.com
Deschutes – Ms. Angela Lee, angela@angelaleelaw.com & Mr. Bruce White, bwwlaw@yahoo.com
Eastern Oregon – TBA
Jackson – Mr. Justin Rosas, justin@justinrosas.com
Linn – Mr. David Delsman, daviddelsman@qwest.net
Multnomah – Classroom Law Project, office@classroomlaw.org
Washington – Ms. Elizabeth Lemoine, elizlemoine@yahoo.com

Listserv

To register for and to submit questions to the listserv, please click here. The listserv is used to keep teams current and up to date. The listserv makes announcements, answers teams’ questions, and provides information from the competition’s coordinators. View the 2013/14 listserv announcements here.

Teams are responsible for having at least one listserv contact to receive official notice of mock trial matters. Failure to check the listserv may result in missing vital mock trial information. Teams may pose questions at anytime, but responses won’t begin until late January.  They will be posted approximately once a week, usually Friday.  Listserv contacts will receive notice of updates.

Mentors & Mock Trial: A Winning Combination

Would you like to have mock trial at your school but shy away because it is just too much work?  We can help. We know that leading a mock trial team to the regional competition is a challenging endeavor. But we have a plan to ease the load. It is called Mentored Mock Trial and it is being offered free of charge (value exceeds $500).

Mentored Mock Trial includes:

  • your own mentor who is an experienced mock trial teacher-coach or attorney-coach;
  • sub pay for planning with your mentor, if needed;
  • travel stipend for meeting with your mentor, if needed;
  • team registration fee waiver ($250 value); and
  • free dvd of past mock trial state winning round.

We are committed to mock trial because we know it changes lives. Mock trial is a challenging academic activity that develops speaking, reasoning, and writing skills. Students learn about the American justice system. It links them with caring and involved adults in their communities. Students love the competition and sense of theater of it all. It is, well, fun! To get started with the Mentor Program, contact us at office@classroomlaw.org.

DVDs for Sale

Past Mock Trial State Final competitions are available for sale for use with your students! Click here to order DVDs of past Oregon High School State Final competitions.

Previous Mock Trial State Competition Winners

2013 St. Mary’s Academy
2012 Jesuit
2011 Catlin Gabel
2010 Catlin Gabel
2009 West Linn
2008 West Salem
2007 West Linn
2006 La Salle
2005 Riverdale
2004 Catlin Gabel
2003 Lincoln
2002 Lincoln
2001 Catlin Gabel
2000 South Salem
1999 Grant
1998 Lake Oswego
1997 Lake Oswego
1996 South Salem
1995 Lincoln
1994 Oregon Episcopal
1993 Grant
1992 Parkrose
1991 Sam Barlow
1990 Sprague
1989 Lincoln
1988 Girls State
1987 Lake Oswego