The team from Bishop Lynch High School, of Dallas, won first place at the 40th Annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, March 2, at the George Allen, Sr. Courthouse in Dallas, Texas.
The competition brought more than 25 high schools teams from across the state to Dallas the weekend of March 2-3, to argue a hypothetical criminal court case written by local attorneys with the Dallas Bar Association. These teams, which have emerged as the best among their school districts and regions, were matched against one another, culminating in the final championship round on Saturday afternoon. The Bishop Lynch team will represent the State of Texas at the 2019 National High School Mock Trial Competition May 16-19 in Athens, Georgia.
Judges and attorneys served as “jurors,” and selected the teams that were best prepared and demonstrated exceptional presentation skills. Students portrayed prosecution and defense attorneys, as well as “witnesses.” The “case” is tried by students from approximately 165 Texas schools annually.
Taking home the additional top places were: One Day Academy of Austin (2nd place); and Regents School of Austin and Lubbock High School (both semi-finalists).
The National High School Mock Trial Competition is the ultimate law-related education experience for the best and brightest high school students around the globe. The program is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through an academic competition.
The Dallas Bar Association has sponsored and coordinated the statewide program since its inception in the 1970s to teach high school students how the justice system works and how the law is applied in everyday life, and to expose them to critical thinking exercises and quick analysis through preparation and presentation. In the 40-year history, the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition has had more than 120,000 participants and has awarded approximately $300,000 in scholarships at the local, regional and state levels. More information about the program is available at www.texashighschoolmocktrial.com.
The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org.