Street Law Mock Trial Tournament
March 13, 2013 —
Annual Street Law Mock Trial Tournament
D.C. students from public senior high schools and public charter high schools
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
D.C. Superior Court
500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Broadcast media wishing to bring recording equipment to the courthouse for the event should contact Leah Gurowitz or Anita Jarman in the DC Court’s Public Affairs Office at (202) 879-1700.
Each year, the Street Law Program culminates with a mock trial tournament, pitting teams of students from D.C. high schools against each others as lawyers and witnesses in a complex hypothetical mock trial. Coached by their law student instructors, as well as attorneys from the Department of Justice and private law firms, the students prepare for the trial over a six-week period. D.C. Superior Court judges and local attorneys serve as tournament judges.
The first and second rounds of the competition will be held at D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, March 28. This year, approximately 250 students in 28 teams from 13 D.C. public senior high schools and public charter high schools will participate in 14 simultaneous trials during each of the preliminary rounds. The mock trial championship between the highest scoring plaintiff and defense teams will take place at D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, April 10.
This year’s trial is called Hester v. Metro City Public Schools. It involves a school resource officer, a First Amendment debate over a tattoo and a Fourth Amendment argument about a locker search.
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