cinating factual stories pulled from the
headlines and court dockets. In recent
years, Washington students have tackled issues such as the impact of social
media on privacy rights, wrongful
criminal convictions, eco-terrorism,
and sexual harassment in schools. This
year’s case centers on a traffic collision
involving a self-driving vehicle. The
students are limited to the facts presented in the case materials but can
build witness characters around them
and develop direct and cross examinations using legal research to support
Mock trial students act as both attorneys and witnesses. Participants develop oral advocacy, research, and critical thinking skills. But mock trial isn’t
designed to be a law school precursor.
Instead, it teaches lessons that are far
more valuable and long-lasting — how
our civil and criminal justice systems
work and the role of thoughtful lawyers,
witnesses, judges, and participants.
The winning state champions go on
to represent Washington in the National High School Mock Trial Championships. Washington’s winning team has
placed in the top 20 in the national
competition for the past 17 years, taking first place in 2000 and 2014. Seattle Preparatory School has won the
state championship for a decade running thanks in part to its coach, Andy
McCarthy, a history teacher at the
school and a lawyer.
How Can You Help?
These important programs rely on volunteers to coach and lead. Currently,
nearly 400 volunteers provide more
than 23,000 volunteer hours to support the programs each year. Volunteer
lawyers are the heart of Mock Trial.
Indeed, some of the state’s leading lawyers regularly devote time to teaching
students the fine points of evidentiary
rules, modeling an effective cross examination, or discussing an approach
to a case theory.
You can help in three ways:
1. Coach a team. Work with a group
of students from a local school over
JASON W. ANDERSON | LINDA B. CLAPHAM*
MICHAEL B. KING*° | JAMES E. LOBSENZ*°
GEORGE C. MASTRODONATO | GREGORY M. MILLER*
OVER 450 CASES ARGUED ON THE MERITS
C: 0 M: 0 Y: 0 K: 100
CM YK COLORS
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R: 0 G: 0 B: 0
°Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
*Founding Members, Washington Appellate Lawyers Association
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