Lakewood High Wins the Colorado Mock Trial Tournament
Pueblo—Students from Lakewood High School took first in state, defeating a team from Regis Jesuit High School in the championship round on Saturday night at the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament, which is funded and supported by the CBA Litigation Section and the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Lakewood High School will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho, May 11–15. There, they will argue a new case and compete with more than 1,000 students from the United States, U.S. territories and South Korea.
Most teams participate in mock trial as an extracurricular activity run by teacher and attorney volunteers. This year, 104 teams from around the state competed in the program. The final 24 teams were top placers in nine regional tournaments held around the state in February.
This marks the 32nd year of High School Mock Trials. Based loosely on the Serial One Podcast, high school mock trial students across Colorado had to argue both sides of a brutal cold murder case while contending with conflicting statements from witnesses. Teams from across the state, including students from Boulder, Denver, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Glenwood Springs competed in the tournament.
“Last year, the members of this team were surprised by the level of competition at the state tournament. This year, they were bound and determined to rise to that level. We could not be prouder of their efforts and their performance. Given the level of competition in Colorado, it is a great honor for them to have won,” said attorney coach J. Thomas Macdonald.
Denver Public Schools General Counsel and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the championship round.
Other members of the championship round panel were:
Hon. Deborah R. Eyler, Chief Judge 10th Judicial District
Justice Monica M. Márquez, Colorado Supreme Court
Dave Johnson, Colorado Bar Association Past President
Hon. Robert D. Hawthorne, Court of Appeals
Hon. John W. Madden, Denver District Judge & Co-Chair CBA State Mock Trial Committee
Hon. Steven L. Bernard, Court of Appeals
Mickey W. Smith, Colorado Bar Association Litigation Section Council
About the Colorado Bar Association
The CBA, founded in 1897, is a voluntary bar association with more than 18,000 members—almost three- quarters of all attorneys in the state. The CBA provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering for the legal and civic communities, and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. The CBA also works to secure the efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation, and perpetuates the history of the profession and the memory of its members. For more information about the CBA, visit cobar.org.