Tennessee High School Mock Trial

A public service project of the TBA's Young Lawyers Division

2014 State Champions

Springfield High School students celebrate their final round win. They are shown here with Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark, who presided over the final round. The team is coached by attorneys Marisa Combs and Lisa Richter. Faculty advisors are Leslie Diehm and Tim Overstreet. See more photos from the competition or see complete competition results.

2014 Competition

2014 Mock Trial Case Material
Below is the 2014 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition problem, rules and select exhibits for use in the district competitions. Teams advancing to the state competition should download updated materials available on the state mock trial webpage.

2014 Problem

2014 Exhibits

Exhibit Stipulations

June to July Girl Audio File

He’s My Still Loving You Audio File

2014 Competition Rules

2014 Scoresheet
District coordinators who would like to use the state competition scoresheet are welcome to do so. Download it here as a word document or in pdf format.

Frequently Asked Questions

District Coordinators
The list of local competition coordinators for the 2014 competition is now available. Competition dates are set by the local coordinators not by the TBA. If those dates are known, they are posted on the page. If the date is not listed, please check with the local coordinator for updates.

State Competition
The Tennessee State Mock Trial Competition will take place in Nashville on March 14-15. Teams advancing from the district competitions should visit the state mock trial webpage for general information, schedules, hotel information and all required forms. They also should notify the TBA of their district competition win.

Often the Mock Trial Committee releases supplemental materials for use at the state mock trial competition. This year, the committee has decided that due to the complexity of the 2014 problem, NO additional witness parts or exhibits will be added. The committee has, however, decided to make a small number of minor changes to some parts of the existing problem. Teams advancing to the state competition MUST obtain and use only the case materials designated for use at the 2014 state competition. The case materials released for use at the 2014 state competition supersede any materials previously released for use at district competition. To the extent that any questions or answers found on the FAQ portion of this website conflict with the 2014 state materials, the state materials take precedence. Get the new case here

2014 National Competition

The winner of the state competition will represent Tennessee at the 2014 National Competition in Madison, Wis., May 8-10. Competition materials will be released on April 1.  Get details here

Learn more about the National High School Mock Trial Competition, including past winners, a sample case database and a list of state mock trial coordinators. Follow the competition on Facebook here.

General Information

Map of Competition Districts
The state is divided along county lines into 13 mock trial districts. See list of counties or this map of the districts

Structure of Competition Rounds
Learn more about the structure of trial rounds here

National Competition
Tennessee’s state mock trial champion is eligible to participate in the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which is held each May.

Register for Email Updates
To be added to the TBA’s email distribution list for competition information and case updates, sign up here

Championship Round Videos
Want to see what some of the state’s best teams look like in action? DVD footage from past championship rounds is available for purchase. Visit our online store for credit card orders. If you prefer to order by mail and send a check, download this order form.

Mock Trial Resources

The following organizations provide resources for mock trial preparation and competition. Commercial products and alternative competitions are not endorsed by the Tennessee Bar Association and are included only to make participants aware of their availability without any recommendation as to the value of the service or the necessity or advisability of using them to prepare for the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition.

ABA Mock Trial Resources
Offers a range of sample mock trial cases for use with elementary and middle school students.

ABA Guide to Hosting a Mock Trial Competition
Offers information on how to host a successful mock trial, including information on the types of mock trials, tips on preparing and conducting the trial and guidelines for competitions.

Class Brain Mock Trial Resources
Offers mock trial guides, sample cases and lesson plans for incorporating mock trials into classroom work.

Empire Mock Trial
Hosts two high school mock trial programs -- one in New York City and one in San Francisco -- to help students hone their trial skills.

Harvard Mock Trial Training
Offers students a series of interactive lectures, breakout sessions where teams work with a member of Harvard Mock Trial to develop a case, write questions and statements, and prepare for a scrimmage at the end of the program.

Learning for Life: Law & Government Career Exploring
Offers resources for students interested in law and government.

May It Please the Court (PDF file)
Mock trial tutorial offered as both a DVD and print publication sold by the State Bar of Georgia's mock trial program.

Mock Trial Academy
This private organization offers training and instruction for high school students who want to enhance their mock trial skills.

National Mock Trial Practicum
Partership of the National High School Mock Trial Competition and Great River Technologies offers students a web-based experience to improve their trial presentations, including interactive lessons on how give a statement, ask questions, control a difficult witness and make timely objections.

Providence Foundation: Academy of Law and Leadership
Offers a summer program that teaches students presentation skills, critical thinking, and trial process.

Providence Foundation: The Providence Cup
Sponsors a two-day mock trial tournament in Denver, Colorado, for high school teams.

Street Law Mock Trial Resources
Provides sample mock trial cases and lesson plans for teachers of 8-12th grade students.

UCLA Mock Trial Institute
Offers a week-long program for mock trial students to expand their knowledge base, explore college and career options, boost self-confidence and hone powers of persuasion.

University of Minnesota Law School's Mock Trial Scholars Program
Offers high school students an opportunity to practice and improve their trial advocacy skills, while providing a taste of life as a college student. During the day, students learn from members of the law school faculty and mock trial team members. In the evening, participants work with law students, eat in the dining hall and sleep in dorms.

Yale Mock Trial Association Bulldog Invitational
Hosts an annual mock trial competition and workshops for high school students in November.

YMCA/ABA National Judicial Competition
Hosts an annual mock trial and appellate competition for teens interested in government.

Past Competitions

Mock Trial Program History

2014 Mock Trial Results

2013 Mock Trial Results

2012 Mock Trial Results

2011 Mock Trial Results

2010 Mock Trial Results

2009 Mock Trial Results

2008 Mock Trial Results

2007 Mock Trial Results

2006 Mock Trial Results

2005 Mock Trial Results

2004 Mock Trial Results

2003 Mock Trial Results

2002 Mock Trial Results

2001 Mock Trial Results

Questions, More Information

Joshua Dougan, Chair
Tennessee State High School
Mock Trial Committee
The Dougan Law Firm PLLC
200 E. Main Street, Suite 112
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 437-0469

Kristen Corn, Vice Chair
Tennessee State High School
Mock Trial Committee
City of Franklin
109 3rd Avenue South
FranklinTN 37064
(615) 550-6603

Stacey Shrader Joslin, State Mock Trial Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue, North
Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 383-7421
FAX: (615) 297-8058