Glenwood Springs Wins the Colorado Mock Trial Tournament
DENVER—Students from Glenwood Springs High School took first in state, defeating a team from Denver’s Colorado Academy 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.
Glenwood Springs High School will advance to the National Mock Trial Championshipin Madison, Wisconsin, May 8–10. 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 teamswere top placers in nine regional tournaments held around the state in February.
This marks the 29th year of High School Mock Trials. Students have been preparing for the tournament since September—to try the same fictitious case regarding distracted driving involving a vehicle and bicyclist. In each round, students had to be ready to perform either the prosecution or defense side of the case. They were scored by real attorneys and judges.
This year the Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial Program partnered with EndDD.org(End Distracted Driving), which is sponsored by the Casey Feldman Foundation, to launch the campaign for high school mock trial participants by writing a case problem that would compel each participant to make a pledge to end distracted driving. The Colorado Trial Lawyers Associationand the Casey Feldman Foundation awarded $500 to both Holy Family High School and Regis Jesuitfor best incorporating the safe driving message, as consistent with EndDD.org, into their mock trial presentation.
Alex Martinez, Denver Public School General Council and a former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, presided over the championship round, along with Hon. Christine Arguello; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Hon. David P. Cain; CBA Mock Trial Committee and Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, Hon. Christina Habas; Keating Wagner Polidori Free PC, Emma Pinter; CBA Mock Trial Committee and Westminster City Council, Hon. Gale Miller; Colorado Court of Appeals, Hon. Steven Bernard; Colorado Courts of Appeals, and Teri Vasquez; CBA Mock Trial Committee Chair and Bayer Carey LLC.
About the Colorado Bar Association
The Colorado Bar Association is a voluntary bar association with more than 18,000 members—almost three-quarters of all attorneys in the state—founded in 1897. The bar provides opportunities for continuing education, volunteering and networking for those in the legal profession while upholding the standards of the bar. The bar likewise works to secure the efficient administration of justice, encourage the adoption of proper legislation and perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members. For more information, visit cobar.org.