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Last updated 11/06/07
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MOCK TRIAL

6th - 8th Graders

On Saturday, November 3, 2007 the Iowa Bar Association sponsored a statewide Mock Trial competition in which approximately 100 middle schools competed. St. Joseph Catholic School sent one team to the regional competition at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids.

In mock trial students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as each team prepares and presents both sides of a hypothetical legal problem. Participants are given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues. This year's case was a criminal trial in which the defendant was charged with injury by vehicle of a pedestrian. Points are awarded based on the individual student's preparation, elocution, knowledge of the facts and law, poise, and ability to persuade. The highest individual score is a 10, the lowest a 1.

2007 Mock Trial Team:  Sam George, Claire Boston, Sam Gray, Alex Phillips, Aubree Bowers, Tyler Gunderson, Sean Ickes, Leah Heddinger, Thomas Steinberg

Junior High Mock Trial Regional Competition

30 teams competed on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Linn County Courthouse Junior High Mock Trial Competition.  St. Joseph lost both rounds to very well prepared teams, both of which are going on to the State competition.  Our team performed very well and generally scored 8's and 9's of a possible 10.  They represented St. Joseph with professionalism, courtesy, and dignity, in the best tradition of our student body.

Best Attorney was Sam Gray.
Best Witness was Thomas Steinberg.


 


Attorney Coach
Ms. Irma Monclova

Teacher Coach

Ms. Sara Shawver


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