Coached by faculty and parent attorney mentors, Mock Trial students prepare to prosecute and defend a single case, serving as pretrial counsel, trial attorneys, witnesses, defendant, court clerk, reporter, bailiff, and artists. Students compete against area teams in six rounds of simulated trial at the Gordon D. Schaber courthouse. Auditions held in August.
Our Mock Trial season has concluded. The amazing Troubies of SF made it to the Quarter Finals where they took 6th place overall and earned many individual awards! Congratulations to all of our Mock Trial Team members on a great season and a special congrats to the following award recipients:
Lizzie Griffin – Gordon D. Schaber Outstanding Attorney Award (Prosecution)
Olivia Fu – Gordon D. Schaber Outstanding Attorney Award (Defense)
Kara Baichtal – Team MVP Award
Madison Hunte-Durham – Outstanding Witness Award
Madelyn Bowen – Outstanding Bailiff Award
Photos From the Awards Banquet with the Honorable Judge Larry Brown.
Congratulations to our Mock Trial team for an excellent season! The team placed 8th in the Gordon D. Schaber Competition this weekend. A special congratulations to the following students who received top marks over the course of the competition:
Hannah Smith – Outstanding Pretrial Defense award
Leslie Young – Gordon D. Schaber Outstanding Attorney award
Constitutional Rights Foundation annually creates and produces a new set of Mock Trial materials based on an important issue facing America’s youth. The materials include a hypothetical criminal case (including summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, and simplified rules of evidence), lesson plans on the central issues in the case, and competition rules and guidelines.
The Sacramento area has hosted the annual Gordon D. Schaber (GDS) Mock Trial competition since 1979. Cases are released to all California counties in the early fall. The GDS Mock Trial competition occurs in early spring, and includes multiple rounds of trials. The first-place team of the GDS Mock Trial competition moves on to the State Finals in March. In May, the winner of the state competition represents California at the annual National High School Mock Trial competition, involving teams from 54 states and territories.
Approximately 350–400 students from 20–25 high schools in the Sacramento area participate in the Mock Trial competition. Students actively experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from their communities. They acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society.