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Lakewood H.S. Wins State Mock Trial, Heads to Nationals May 6–8
Lakewood High School’s mock trial team took first in state, defeating former state champ Wm. Jackson Palmer High School at the Colorado Bar Association’s State High School Mock Trial Competition. There were 22 finalist teams. More than 80 teams from around the state competed in this year’s program.
In the final round, Lakewood faced off in the courtroom against Palmer High School. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez presided over the championship round.
"I have often heard young adults express appreciation for their mock trial experience, years earlier, recognizing the experience as opening their eyes to their potential," said Justice Martinez.
The Lakewood team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. May 6–8 for the National High School Mock Trial Tournament. Representing Colorado, the team will compete against 44 other states, U.S. provinces and a team from South Korea.
"This team is made up of seniors who have been working toward this a long time. They’re thrilled to be going to nationals," said attorney coach Jeff Kelson.
Teams traveled from across the state to El Paso County Judicial Building in Colorado Springs for the annual competition Friday and Saturday, March 12–13. Students have all been studying the same, fictitious case since the fall. In each round, they had to be ready to perform either the prosecution or defense side of the case, raising objections and defending clients before real judges.
The El Paso County Court and El Paso County Bar Association hosted this year’s state finals. More than 200 volunteers, besides the 100-plus coaches and 200-plus scoring panelists, assisted Carolyn Gravit, director of CBA Public Legal Education and CBA program manager Meghan Bush.
The championship round was scored by U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello, Colorado Women’s Bar Vice President Kara Veitch, Asian Pacific American Bar President Dennis Kaw, Colorado Springs Vice Mayor Larry Small and CBA Litigation Council’s Alden Hill.
Trustees Tour New Denver Justice Center
Members of the DBA Board of Trustees toured the new Denver Justice Center Complex at 490 West Colfax Avenue (just west of the Denver Mint) while it was under construction. President John Baker, President-Elect Stacy Carpenter and Past President Mark Fogg attended this historic gathering.
The 488,000-square-foot VanCise–Simonet Detention Facility is scheduled to be completed soon. The five-story, 310,000-square-foot Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse will be ready for occupancy in July. The jail and courthouse cost approximately $159 million and $136 million, respectively, according to The Denver Post.
Check out the June issue for an in-depth look into what to expect from the new Justice Center.