What: The 40th Annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition brings more than 25 high schools teams from across Texas to Dallas the weekend of March 1-2 as they argue a hypothetical criminal court case. These teams, which have emerged as the best among their school districts and regions, will be matched against one another, culminating in a final championship round on Saturday afternoon in Dallas.
Among the teams participating statewide, 7 local teams will compete March 1-2:
■ Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, Dallas
■ Booker T. Washington High School, Dallas
■ Skyline High School, Dallas
■ Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas
■ Creekview High School, Carrollton
■ Lake Highlands High School, Richardson
■ Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano
Dallas judges and attorneys will serve as “jurors,” and select the teams that are best prepared and who demonstrate exceptional presentation skills. Students will portray plaintiffs and defense attorneys, as well as “witnesses.”
Throughout the tournament schedule, more than 1,000 Dallas-area attorneys and judges volunteer as mock trial clinic instructors, attorney advisers and as judges of the competition. The “case” which is presented each year is written by local attorneys, and involves students from almost 200 Texas school districts.
Why: 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.
When & Where:
- All rounds will be at the George Allen Courthouse (600 Commerce Street)
- Rounds 1-4 all held on Friday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and on
- Saturday, March 2, at 8:30 a.m. (Round 4)
- Semi-Final Round on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.
- Final Round on Saturday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m.
The winner of this state competition will move on to the 2019 National Mock Trial Competition in
Athens, Georgia, May 16-19, 2019.
The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org. Find out more about Texas High School Mock trial at www.texashighschoolmocktrial.com.