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