2017-2018 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition 

Welcome to the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Program and Competition.  For information about the 2017-2018 Competition, click on the links on the left. 

Date for Attorney Coach Orientation Meeting

The Attorney Coaches Orientation Meeting is October 25, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bay View District Judge's Conference Room - 16th Floor of the downtown United States Federal Courthouse, 333 West Broadway, San Diego.  Lunch will be provided.  Telephonic appearance available upon request.
  • Please RSVP to Michelle Chavez at (619)321-4150 or mchavez@sdcba.org.

2017-2018 Case: People v. Davidson

People v. Davidson is the trial of Casey Davidson, a resident of the town of Acorn, California.  Davidson faces a felony count of First Degree Murder for the death of Alex Thompson, another young resident of Acorn and a member of Ultra Nats, an extremist nationalist group.  
  • Click here for the Case Brief.
  • Click here for the Team Rulebook.
  • Click here for Case Packet (password protected.)  
  • Click here for Errata.

Dates for Teacher Orientation Meeting

Dear Teachers:
On behalf of the San Diego Superior Court, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego County Office of Education, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, we would like to invite you and your high school students to participate in the 12th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition.

This is a unique educational experience as the competition places high school students in a simulated courtroom setting, where they assume the roles of lawyers, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs in a hypothetical case. The winner of the county competition will represent San Diego County at the state competition.

Participating 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. By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also develop public speaking and presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation. Students will also learn about the criminal justice system and courtroom procedures.

The teacher-sponsor and students at each participating school will receive the hands-on assistance of up to two attorney coaches. Area lawyer volunteers to coach the teams from October through the competition rounds in February. Attorney volunteers will also score the competition. Active and retired Superior Court Judges and Commissioners and United States District Judges and Magistrate Judges preside over the competition mock trials.

In order to Compete: Each school must have a teacher-sponsor and a team of students composing of at least 9 and up to 25 students. The organizing committee will assign up to two attorney coaches to each school. Students rehearse with their attorney coaches to prepare for the competition which will take place in February.

Orientation Meeting for Interested Teachers:

All interested teachers are invited to attend one of two orientation meetings which will be held at the San Diego County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111.

• Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Annex C

• Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Annex B

At the teacher orientation meeting, the case materials will be distributed.

To register for the Competition or for additional information, please contact Michelle Chavez at 619-321-4150 or via e-mail at mchavez@sdcba.org. 


San Diego County High School
Mock Trial Program and Competition
E-Mail: SDMockTrial@gmail.com
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