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Students to match legal skills during 2017 Mock Trial Competition on Saturday

Post Date:02/28/2017 4:35 PM


Students from the Western region of Arizona will be in the Yuma County Superior Courts this weekend to put their legal skills to the test during the 2017 Arizona Mock Trial Competition (Region 1). Hosted by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and the Young Lawyers of Arziona, this year’s regional tournament will be 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Yuma County Justice Center, located at 250 W. 2nd Street, Yuma, Arizona.

Nearly 60 High school students from across the area will meet at the Justice Center for the Region One Mock Trial competition.  It is expected to start following the 7:30AM registration.  The public is invited to attend.

The Mock Trial program is designed to capture the interest and participation of high school students in the law and to give students a better understanding of the legal system – from the rules of evidence to proper courtroom demeanor, increasing their awareness of the importance of law in a democratic society.   It also is designed to strengthen the students’ understanding of their fundamental rights under the United States’ Constitution and increase their confidence, poise, oral skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork skills and provide a unique opportunity to learn from practicing attorneys and judges.

Each year, high school students compete as attorney advocates in a trial scenario authored by the Young Lawyers Division and the Arizona Committee for Law Related Education. This year, we are proud to announce that Cibola High School, Lake Havasu High School, San Luis High School, and Yuma Catholic High School are competing as part of Region One.  Altogether, there is expected to be seven separate teams competing.

The team with the highest overall score will advance to the State competition at the Sandra Day O’Conner Federal Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona on April 1, 2017.

Sponsors are the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, the State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers’ Division, the Yuma County Bar Association, Byrne & Benesch, P.C., and Jon and Carol Smith.

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