Tennessee High School Mock Trial

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


2015 Competition


Case Material

2015 Problem (posted 11/25/14)

Download a case summary (posted 11/24/14)

2015 Exhibits (posted 11/25/14)

Supplement to Exhibit A (posted 1/5/15)

New Exhibit H (posted 1/5/15)

Memo explaining new exhibits (posted 1/5/15)

2015 Competition Rules (posted 11/25/14)

District Coordinators
District competitions will take place throughout February 2015. Local competition coordinators have been named in each district. Get the list here.

State Competition
Teams advancing to the state competition should save the date of March 27-28, 2015, to be in Nashville!

Get Mock Trial News
Want to stay informed about this year's mock trial problem and competition? You have two options:

Follow @tnmocktrial on Twitter. Post about this year’s case and competition using #tnmock15.

Register to receive email updates

National Competition NEW!
The winner of the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition will compete in the 2015 National Competition May 14-16 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Get news about the competition on the Carolina Center for Civic Education's website or Facebook page or read an overview of activites from the December 2014 issue of Mock Trial Matters, the publication of the National High School Mock Trial Competition (NHSMTC).

Want to Volunteer?
Judges, lawyers, law students and legal staff are needed to make the state competition a success! Sitting judges in Tennessee may volunteer to serve as presiding judges of trial rounds, lawyers may serve as scorers, and law students and legal staff may serve as bailiffs. Those who want to volunteer should fill out the online response form.


General Information


2016 Competition
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition March 18-19, 2016, in Nashville. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the 2016 National Competition in Boise, Idaho. Stay tuned for exact dates. Read an overview of activities from the December 2014 issue of Mock Trial Matters.

2017 Competition
Save the date for the 2017 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition March 17-18, 2017, in Nashville. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the 2017 National Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, May 11-13.

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. Visit the organization's website to see past winners, a sample case database and a list of state mock trial coordinators; connect with the group on Facebook; or follow it on Twitter.

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 three high school mock trial programs -- in Atlanta, New York City and San Francisco -- to help students hone their trial skills. Connect with the group on Facebook; follow news on Twitter; or check out photos from past competitions on Instagram.

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. Visit the group's website or connect on Facebook.

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 organization offers training and instruction for high school students who want to enhance their mock trial skills during a fall weekend event in the Chicago area. The group also will hit the road and bring customize seminars to schools, groups of schools, or groups of students based on educational interests and needs. Visit the group's website.

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

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 Maryland Young Scholars Program
Offering a three-week mock trial program for high school students in July 2015.

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 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
josh@thedouganfirm.com

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

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
sshrader@tnbar.org