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A First for This South Bend School

Trinity at Greenlawn Going to Reno in May to Compete in National High School Mock Trial Championship

INDIANAPOLIS – “Poultry Geist” a team from Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend, won the Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition, Sunday, March 4, after two days of grueling competition.

The Trinity team made its case in the Indiana Supreme Court courtroom in the final trial with Supreme Court Justice Steven David presiding. Also hearing the case were: Hon. Kim Dowling, Delaware County Circuit Court Judge; Hon. Debra McVicker Lynch, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; and Tyjuan Garrett, a private attorney from Indianapolis.

There were 190 high school students participating in the Indiana High School Mock Trial program, March 3-4, 2018, in Indianapolis. Students from 12 schools litigated a fictitious criminal case involving the use of social media to incite criminal activity. Each of the 24 teams alternated as the plaintiff and defense through four rounds of trials in the competition. Each trial lasts a maximum of three hours.

Students from the following high schools competed from northern Indiana:

John Adams High School, South Bend; Marian High School, Mishawaka; Saint Joseph High School, South Bend; Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend; Merrillville High School, Merrillville; and Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso.

Central Indiana high schools competing were:

Carmel High School, Carmel; Cascade High School, Clayton; Fishers High School, Fishers; Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers; Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis, and Roncalli High School, Indianapolis.

“High School Mock Trial helps students find their voice,” said Charles Dunlap, executive director for the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation), which has operated the program since 2014. Prior to that year, volunteers operated the program.  Each of the preceding teams competed in a regional competition in either South Bend, Hammond or Indianapolis. The highest scoring teams advanced to the March 3-4 State Finals.

The purpose of the Indiana Mock Trial program is to stimulate and encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. The program provides the opportunity for students to learn the judicial system through a hands-on experience. Through mock trials, students gain an understanding of society's approach to dispute resolution and justice through an experiential learning opportunity.

Educating tomorrow’s leaders, like the students participating in high school mock trial program, is a primary example of how the legal community is working statewide to serve the public. Learn more about this charitable mission at www.inbf.org.

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