Kansas Bar Association YLS
Mock Trial Competition
Presented by Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Welcome to the Kansas High School Mock Trial Competition! The Kansas Bar Association (KBA) in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the KBA are excited that your school has chosen to participate in this fun and rewarding program. The KBA is dedicated to providing you with the information you need to make your team(s) successful!
KANSAS BAR ASSOCIATION AND YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION
Kansas Bar Association
The KBA was founded in 1882 as a voluntary association dedicated to serving legal professionals in Kansas. The KBA advances law-related issues, encourages public understanding of the law, provides services and benefits to its members and promotes the effective administration of our justice system. For more information about the KBA, visit http://www.ksbar.org.
Young Lawyers Section
The YLS of the KBA is comprised of approximately 1,600 young lawyers across Kansas. The YLS promotes mentorship opportunities, continuing legal education experience, community service projects and networking venues for lawyers who are new to the practice of law. For more information about the YLS, visit the KBA YLS page.
KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM
History and Background
In 1996, the KBA’s Public Committee, in cooperation with the Kansas Supreme Court, formed the Law and Citizenship Project to sponsor the first two Kansas mock trial competitions in 1996 and 1997. To encourage the development of the program, the Public Committee sought and received the assistance of the KBA YLS in 1997. Currently, the YLS is the primary organizer of the competition. Funding for the program is provided by the Kansas Bar Foundation, the Kansas District Judges’ Association and the generous financial support of several law firms, including Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP.
Mock trial is a law-focused program designed to provide high school students with an operational understanding of substantive and procedural legal issues and the judicial process. Mock trials involve preparing for and participating in simulated trials for which high school students prepare and practice. The program is a challenging and exciting learning experience that gives students first-hand knowledge of courtroom procedures. Mock trials provide students with a basic understanding of the legal mechanism through which society resolves many disputes. High school students develop useful questioning, critical thinking and oral advocacy skills, as well as significant insight into the area of law relevant to the case materials. The goal of mock trial is to promote better communication and cooperation between educational and legal communities and to inspire future advocates in a competitive and academic atmosphere.
Each fall, high schools create teams of at least six students and are provided with case materials. In the spring, all teams participate in one of two regional competitions in at least two rounds of competition, both prosecuting and defending the case. Each team consists of three student attorneys and three student witnesses.
This problem is a condensed version of a real-life court case. The case materials contain witness statements, which purposefully conflict, and a bare-bones compilation of applicable law. Panels of three individuals involved in the legal profession judge each round of the competition. Judges score the students on performance and rule on disputes and evidentiary objections.
The top teams at each of the two regional tournaments compete at the state tournament. The top Kansas team then travels to the national competition, this year in Indianapolis, Ind.,, to represent Kansas in competition with other states. All expenses are paid for the team that is selected to attend the national competition!
Awards and Recognition
After the final rounds of competition at each of the two regional tournaments, an awards ceremony is held to provide recognition to outstanding students and teams and to announce the teams that will go on to compete at the state tournament. Recognition for outstanding mock attorneys, outstanding student witnesses are awarded and team rankings are announced. All teams are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony to support the competitors.
The registration deadline for this year’s competition is February 15, 2013.
Mock Trial Registration form
Mock Trial Photo and Video Release form – Required – Submit with registration form
FEES AND EXPENSES
There are no entry fees for the 2013 regional or state tournaments! Thanks to an Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program grant from the Kansas Bar Foundation, and donations by local bar associations and other sponsors, teams do not have to pay an entry fee to compete in this year’s competition!
Individual high schools are responsible for transportation, hotel, meals and other travel expenses incurred for participation in the state and regional tournaments. Fees and expenses incurred by the top Kansas team for travel to the national competition are paid by a grant funded by the YLS of the KBA (for 2012-13 – subject to change in 2013-14). If your high school would like to participate in mock trial, but is having difficulty with funding, please contact Christa Ingenthron at (785) 234-5696 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Wichita, March 2, 2013
Olathe, March 2, 2013
Topeka, March 29-30, 2013
Indianapolis, Ind., May 9-11, 2013
The Kansas team selected to participate in the national tournament will be provided additional information at a future date. All expenses are paid for the team selected to compete at the national competition!
2013 MOCK TRIAL PROBLEM
Revised Exhibits 2 and 3
Although changes to the case materials, dates, locations and rules are not anticipated, such changes or clarification may become necessary. To make sure all teams are provided with the most accurate and updated information, announcements will be posted under this section. Please refer to this website periodically for new information. Your team will NOT receive e-mails when new information is posted.
2013 Scoring Sheets:
2013 MOCK TRIAL RULES
- Each team must have at least six students.*
- Each team must either designate a member of the team to keep time or designate an additional student to keep time as a designated time keeper.
- Each team must provide its own transportation to and from the competition sites for the state and regional tournaments.
- Each team must obtain the support of the principal or school administrator for entry into the project.
- Each team must assume responsibility for clearing tournament dates with the principal or school administrator and for placing the dates on the school calendar.
- Each team must submit all questions regarding the mock trial problem and the competition in writing to the competition coordinator, Christa Ingenthron.
- The decisions of the competition coordinator are final.
*If your school does not have six interested students, you may be allowed to coordinate with another school to create a team. If you are interested in creating a combined team with another school, please contact Christa Ingenthron at (785) 234-5696 or email@example.com.
Rules of Competition
The Kansas state and regional tournaments is governed by the Kansas High School Rules of Competition. The KBA YLS and the Mock Trial Committee of the YLS administer the program and enforce these Rules of Competition, which can be found at http://ksbar.org/associations/13344/files/mocktrialrules.pdf.
Rules of Evidence
The Kansas state and regional tournaments use the National High School Championship Rules of Evidence, which can be found at http://bit.ly/g9FyWj.
The Kansas state and regional tournaments also use the National High School Mock Trial Championship Timekeeping Procedures, which can be found at http://bit.ly/fCrHYa.
It is the goal of the YLS to provide all interested high schools with resources and information necessary to create successful and competitive teams. Legal research is not required. Please feel free to use the following resources to gain insight and knowledge of the mock trial process and procedure.
Putting on Mock Trials
Putting on Mock Trials is a publication by the American Bar Association that is a helpful resource for both new and veteran teams. The publication can be found at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/mocktrialguide.pdf.
The Attorney Mentor Program
Although the YLS has encouraged practicing attorneys in Kansas to promote the Kansas High School Mock Trial program in the past, we are renewing our effort to provide high schools local attorneys who are willing to help coach a team, answer questions at a practice or volunteer in other ways. Practicing attorneys can provide useful insight and knowledge into substantive law issues and courtroom procedure. If your high school is interested in having an attorney help your team(s), we will do our best to find an attorney in your area willing to help! Please contact Jenny Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (402) 297-6359 for more information.
National High School Championship Website
JUDGES AND VOLUNTEERS
Inviting judges, attorneys, law students, and other members of the legal community to take part in the mock trial program bridges the gap between the simulated activity and reality and provides an opportunity for legal professionals to share their knowledge and experience with the future lawyers of Kansas. If you are interested in judging a competition or volunteering to coach a program, please contact Jenny Michaels at email@example.com or at (402) 297-6359 for more information.
In 2013, over 15 schools and over 150 students participated in the Kansas High School Mock Trial Program. Congratulations to The Independent School who competed at the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis.
2013 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2012 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2011 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2010 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2009 - Blue Valley Northwest High School (Overland Park)
2008 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2007 - The Independent School (Wichita)
2006 - Shawnee Mission East (Shawnee Mission)
THE FUTURE OF MOCK TRIAL IN KANSAS
While there are many high schools in Kansas that participate in the mock trial program, there are many schools that have been unable to compete in the past. The goal of the YLS is to create a third regional tournament in the western part of the state in 2012! To reach this goal, we need more schools in rural, western Kansas to show their interest and compete this year!
In addition, we want your input on how to make the mock trial program in Kansas even more successful. Please contact Jenny Michaels if you have suggestions on what we can do to provide the participating schools and students with a better program!
If you have any questions or need additional information about the Kansas High School Mock Trial Program, please feel free to contact the following individuals:
Chair, Mock Trial Committee
Phone: (785) 234-5696
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS!
If you have any suggestions on how we can continue to improve the information contained on this website, please contact Jenny Michaels at (402) 297-6359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.