Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project Scholarship Awarded to Ms. Guadalupe (“Nina”) Lopez, Parkrose High School We the People and Mock Trial Teams
From left to right: Mr. Richard English, Parkrose High School; Ms. Barbara Rost, Classroom Law Project; Ms. Susan Rohol, CLP Board Member and Nike, Inc.; Ms. Guadalupe Lopez, Scholarship Recipient; and Mr. Brian Talcott, CLP Board Member and Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP
June 6, 2016. Parkrose High School senior Guadalupe “Nina” Lopez received the Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project scholarship, which totals $8,000 toward college tuition. Ms. Lopez is a dedicated daughter and sister, as well as an excellent student with a passion for political science. She participated in Parkrose High School’s We the People and Mock Trial programs. Ms. Lopez intends to study political science and anthropology at college in the fall with the goal of becoming a political strategist. She is well on her way. Congratulations, Nina!
April 25, 2016. Few Oregon educational dynasties can equal that established by the national We the People competition. Last night, in a crowded auditorium in College Park, Maryland, Oregon zealously underscored its place as a national civic powerhouse when Portland’s Lincoln High School beat fifty-four teams from all fifty states to place first in the nation. It was a particularly threatening year for Oregon’s civic competitors, as the two former champions, Lincoln High School and Grant High School, both competed. Yesterday the Grant High School Generals placed third. This is the fifth year in a row that Oregon has taken first in the national competition. This further secures Oregon’s reign as the state with the most national titles in the competition’s twenty-nine year history. This victory is Lincoln’s sixth first place finish; Grant has two first place finishes.
The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum promotes civic competence and responsibility among elementary, middle and high school students. Students learn constitutional content as well as numerous skills. The competition then takes the form of simulated congressional hearings, with students testifying as constitutional experts. Panels of judges acting as congressional committees score the groups on constitutional knowledge, history and current events.
CLP Program Director, Barbara Rost said of the Oregon students, “Presidential candidates could learn a thing or two from these talented students! With young people like these, we know the future will be in good hands.”
March 12, 2016. The 30th annual Oregon Mock Trial state competition was fiercely competitive this year, with eighteen high school teams traveling from as far away as Baker City to hold trials at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland. Two days and three rounds winnowed the competition down to two finalists: West Linn High School Gold Team and Catlin Gabel School. Riverdale High School came in third, and in Fourth, Lake Oswego High School.
First place was decided in a winner-take-all final round, with teams flipping a coin to decide who would represent the prosecution and the defense. The Honorable Michael H. Simon of the United States District Court presided. He was joined by Ms. Jennifer Johnson, Dean, Lewis & Clark Law School; Mr. Steve Piucci, Attorney; Ms. Susie Marcus, education consultant; and The Honorable Stacie Beckerman, U.S. Magistrate Judge. The fictional criminal case, “State of Oregon v. Bobby Dousa,” dealt with issues including the drug Rohypnol, cyber-bullying, and internet privacy.
At the end, West Linn High School was victorious, with Catlin Gabel coming in second. The West Linn team will go on to represent Oregon at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Boise, Idaho, May 12-14, 2016.
“I was so impressed with the caliber of competition this year,” said Classroom Law Project Program Manger, Tyler Kaltenbach. “It was great to see new teams, like Jefferson High School and St. Stephen’s join us at the State competition. Each year the field seems to get stronger. We are thrilled for West Linn and wish them the best in Boise.”
Thanks to all of the teachers, coaches and parents who helped to make this year’s mock trial competition possible. We are so grateful for your support! Much thanks is owed to the State Mock Trial sponsors: Oregon State Bar, Lewis & Clark Law School, and Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Thanks also to the Oregon Law Foundation for their support! If you would like to see photos from the event, please click here and enter the password: ClassLaw (case sensitive).
February 27, 2016. An early spring Saturday brought teams of high school students to county courthouses across Oregon to compete in the 30th annual mock trial competition. The 2016 regional competitions were hosted in seven district courthouses across five regions, including Western, Central and Eastern Oregon. Forty-four high schools competed from across the state. Top teams from each region – listed below – will compete in the state finals at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland on March 11-12, 2016. The winning team will go on to represent Oregon at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Boise, Idaho, May 12-14, 2016.
Organized by Classroom Law Project, the mock trial experience is designed to clarify the workings of our legal institutions. Students take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs. Teams learn about our judicial system and develop valuable life skills as they study a hypothetical case, consider legal principles and receive guidance from dedicated community volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedure and trial preparation.
Each year, the mock trial case addresses serious matters facing society. The 2016 criminal case, “State of Oregon v. Bobby Dousa” offers the opportunity to discuss how having fun at a party can get out of hand; it includes issues of the drug Rohypnol, cyber-bullying, and internet privacy. Through the case, students develop a greater capacity to understand these relevant and timely issues.
With no further ado, we are happy to announce teams advancing to the 2016 State of Oregon Mock Trial Competition:
CLACKAMAS REGION – 1. West Linn High School – Gold Team (JQ) 2. West Linn High School – Green Team (LL) 3. Lake Oswego High School (AX)
DESCHUTES REGION 1. Cascades Academy (BI) 2. Summit High School (YY)
EASTERN OREGON REGION – 1. Baker High School (AC)
JACKSON REGION – 1. Crater Academy (BB) 2. Grants Pass High School (BR)
LINN REGION – 1. West Salem High School (GG)
MULTNOMAH REGION – 1. Riverdale High School (MY) 2. St. Mary’s Academy (TK) 3. Cleveland High School (BG) 4. Jefferson High School (WW) 5. St. Stephen’s Academy (TT)
WASHINGTON REGION – 1. Catlin Gabel School (AU) 2. Oregon Episcopal School (JN) 3. Jesuit High School (HR) 4. Village Home (QQ)
Lincoln High School is the 2016 We The People State Champs! Lincoln High School and Runner-Up Grant High School to travel to D.C. for National Competition
After a long Saturday of simulated congressional hearings in the upper floors of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, two Oregon teams have advanced to the 2016 We The People national competition. State champions, Lincoln High School, took back their reign; the team has won twenty times in the competition’s 29-year history. This year, Oregon will also send a second team to Washington D.C: runner-up Grant High School, who has won the other nine state victories, will have the chance to face Lincoln again at the national competition taking place on April 24-26. Grant High School and Lincoln High School have traded national titles in recent years; Grant won the 2015 national championship and Lincoln won the year prior. Oregon is now the winningest state in the history of the national competition.
Classroom Law Project Executive Director Marilyn Cover said of the event, “We’re incredibly proud of all of the talented, articulate, and hard-working students who participated in the We The People program this year. Thanks to the incredible work of their teachers and coaches, Oregon has some of the youngest and highest-caliber Constitutional Scholars in the country. We wish both teams the best of luck in D.C.”
Lincoln High School’s We The People teacher is George Ten Eyck. Their coaches are Misha Isaak, Darin Sands, Alison Brody, Christy Splitt, Jeff Edmundson, Rachel Weisshaar, Jonathan Pulvers, Jason Trombley, Steve Griffith, and Jennifer Hill. The state champions include Kattie Abrams, Jamie Bikales, Savannah Bowerfind, Tessa Cannon, Jonathan Cordisco, Mia Dalton, Amelia Diana, Julia Dodson, Johanna Donnelly, Will Duffy, Macey Ferron-Jones, Noah Glassman, Isaac Hoffman, Anya Jesson, Nolan Johnson, Maddy Johnson, Lea Kapur, Piper Kizziar, Ellie Kruse, Kate Lambert, Kaela Lee, Olivia Loibner, Analis Martin, Kiran Morrissey, Kevin Nguyen, Ryan Premi, John Ritchie, Jonah Sacks, Cassia Schuler, Clara Schwab, Eve Selbie, Jay Sharabu, George Wang, Kate Weeks, Stella Wiswall, Rylie Womer.
The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum promotes civic competence and responsibility among elementary, middle school and high school students across the country. Over the course of the year, students divide into groups based on the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the
Constitution high school textbook and learn constitutional content as well as myriad skills. The competition then takes the form of simulated congressional hearings, with students testifying as constitutional experts. Panels of judges acting as congressional committees score the groups using a performance-based assessment.