Maryland Court of Appeals Hosts Mock Trial State Championship
(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – April 16, 2013) Maryland high school students will argue before the state’s highest court on Friday, April 19, in the 2013 Mock Trial State Championship. The media are invited to attend.
Four teams will compete in the semifinals on Thursday, April 18, in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Annapolis: Park School (Baltimore County); Allegany High School (Allegany County); Urbana High School (Frederick County); and Annapolis High School (Anne Arundel County).
The winners of the semifinals will face off the next day in the Court of Appeals to decide the state championship. Retired Court of Appeals Judge Dale R. Cathell will preside.
The mock trial competition is sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference. Each year, high school mock trial teams compete at least four times each in local matches. By the time a team has reached the state championship, it will have competed, on average, 10-12 times. Virtually all competitions are held in either District or Circuit courtrooms.
Since the competition began in 1983, more than 54,000 students from most counties in Maryland have participated.
The success of the mock trial competition depends heavily on volunteer attorneys and judges who coach teams and score competitions at local, regional, semifinal and final levels. Each year, several hundred attorneys, masters and judges across the state volunteer for this program.
Mock Trial State Championship
Friday, April 19, 2013
Maryland Court of Appeals
Judge Dale R. Cathell, Maryland Court of Appeals, retired, presiding
Sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judicial Conference
Please call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, if you would like to attend or have questions. Cameras will be permitted before and after the arguments, which will start at 10 a.m. The arguments will be webcast on the Judiciary’s website, www.mdcourts.gov.
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