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24 Mock Trial Teams in State Finals March 4-5 in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – What’s it like to represent your school in a state academic competition? Can Indiana students be known for something other than athletics?

Leaders at the Indiana Bar foundation (Foundation) think so. They announced the top 24 teams headed to the Indiana High School Mock Trial State Finals March 4-5, 2017 in Indianapolis. The teams represent the top performers at three regional competitions held in Hammond, Indianapolis, and South Bend on February 11 and 18.  The participating high schools are:

Central Indiana: Carmel, Cascade (Clayton), Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers), Heritage Christian (Indianapolis), Roncalli (Indianapolis), St. Theodore Guerin (Noblesville)
Northwest Indiana: Merrillville, Valparaiso
South Bend: John Adams, St. Joseph, Trinity School at Greenlawn

(City names are listed if they don't match the school name. Some schools have multiple teams.)

The Indiana Mock Trial rules, like the National Mock Trial program, prohibit revealing the school identity of any particular team. Since no team names have been revealed, the Foundation is maintaining tradition.

“We appreciate the level of confidentiality that is intended with the creative team names,” said Charles R. Dunlap, executive director, Indiana Bar Foundation. “However, we are proud to share the Mock Trial competition with the communities that have schools competing.”

Volunteers Needed
The Foundation is seeking over 50 attorneys and judges to volunteer to judge at the state finals in downtown Indianapolis the weekend of March 4-5. Volunteers may sign up online for one of the four rounds of trials that weekend. Each trial lasts three hours. A free CLE credit is available to volunteers who sign up in advance and watch the online training. Most volunteers agree it is a great experience seeing high school students perform at this skill level. The case is a criminal one, and attorneys who don’t practice trial law need not worry. The judges’ orientation and the CLE prepares you to judge the competition.

The state finals this year will feature a final round held at the Indiana War Memorial. Judges for that final round include: Hon. Steven David, Indiana Supreme Court; Hon. Martha Wentworth, Indiana Tax Court; Hon. Larry McKinney, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; and Susan Roberts, case author and formerly the lead volunteer for the Indiana Mock Trial program.

Another first for the Foundation this year is a fundraising campaign to support the winning Mock Trial team that represents Indiana at the national finals in May in Connecticut. The Foundation’s board approved a $5,000 donation to the state finals winner. The “national team fund” is part of a campaign to support all three Indiana high school teams representing the state at national civics competitions: Mock Trial, as well as the top two high school teams representing the first and second place winners in the We the People competition last December.  Donations to the Indiana Bar Foundation are tax-deductible and may be made online at www.inbf.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles R. Dunlap, J.D., executive director, Indiana Bar Foundation, 317-269-7861 or cdunlap@inbf.org

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