2021 Competition Message-
As we all know 2020 has been a challenging year. The TBA’s Young Lawyers Division has remained committed to the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition for 40 years, and that will not change. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance from federal, state, and local authorities across Tennessee, school systems, the National High School Mock Trial Tournament, and the Tennessee Supreme Court as we evaluate our plans for the 2021 Mock Trial Season. We want to ensure that all of our students, coaches, and volunteers are safe and healthy. We have to consider whether teams will be permitted to meet in person for practices, whether teams will be permitted to travel to competitions within the state, and whether we will have access to local courthouses for district competitions. As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve since the spring, we do not want to act prematurely. We ask for your continued patience as we make decisions and develop plans for the 2021 Tennessee Mock Trial Competition. This competition remains a long-term priority, as does the safety of all involved. We look forward to providing you further updates by October 15. Until then, wear your masks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. Everyone taking these small steps will hasten the return of the in-person events we all enjoy.
2020 Competition Cancelled
Many of you have reached out to inquire about the status of the 2020 State High School Mock Trial Tournament in light of the ever-evolving COVID-19 advisories and uncertainty surrounding this new virus. Because we know how hard our Mock Trial teams have worked to prepare for this tournament and because our State Competition is planned several years in advance, we have looked at every possible way to try and provide a meaningful competition for our Mock Trial teams in light of current events.
Unfortunately, after much deliberation and consultation with the most current health advisories, it is with great regret that we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State High School Mock Trial Tournament that was scheduled to take place on March 20-21. This decision is not one that we made lightly. After monitoring recent developments related to COVID-19 from local, state and federal agencies, we have concluded that the safety of our teams, coaches, and volunteers require us to cancel the Tennessee competition. Our decision follows the declaration of a state of emergency by Gov. Bill Lee, and decisions by the National High School Mock Trial Championship Board of Directors and nine other state sponsors to cancel their competitions.
The entire Mock Trial Committee hopes that our teams, coaches and volunteers know how much we truly do appreciate all of the time and work that you have done and were willing to do to make our Tennessee High School Mock Trial Tournament a continued success. We may be celebrating our 40th Anniversary of the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Tournament a little differently than we planned this year, but we look forward to working with you all for next year’s competition.
— Kati Sanford Goodner, Mock Trial Chair
2020 Mock Trial Case Material
- 2020 Problem
- 2020 Exhibits
- Additional Agreed Stipulations & Corrections
- Update Exhibit B
- Twitter Image Exhibit
- 2020 Rules
- 2019-2020 District Coordinators & Competition Dates
- 2020 Team Forms and Resources
Download the following resources:
Donations of any amount can always be made to the Mock Trial program. Funds donated to the Mock Trial Fund account will be used to subsidize the cost of attending the state mock trial competition for lower-income or rural schools. You can donate on the online payment portal or make your checks payable to Tennessee Bar Association and note "Mock Trial Fund" in the memo line. Send checks to Tennessee Bar Association, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219.
Sitting judges, attorneys, law students, paralegals and bailiffs are needed to volunteer for the competition. If you have any additional questions about volunteering, please email Stephanie Vonnahme, YLD and Public Education Coordinator.
Get Mock Trial News
Stay informed about Tennessee high school mock trial by:
- Following @tnmocktrial on Twitter (post about this year’s case and competition using #tnmock20)
- Sign up to receive email updates
Save the date for the 2020 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition March 20-21, 2020, in Nashville. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the 2020 National Competition in Evansville, IN, on May 6-9, 2020.
Grant Opportunities for Teams
The Young Lawyers Division has secured grant funding for mileage reimbursement and professional clothing for participating teams. For grant details, please review the applications. The Mock Trial Mileage Grant Application and Mock Trial Professional Clothing Grant Application are due to the Mock Trial Committee by March 2, 2020.
Map of Competition Districts
The state is divided into 14 districts. Download a list of districts or a map of the districts.
Structure of Competition Rounds
Learn more about the structure of trial rounds here.
District Qualifiers If your team has won the District competition and is going to compete at the TN State Mock Trial Competition, please visit this site for more information and team forms.
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.
Sign Up 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? Check out past competitions on the TBA's YouTube Channel.
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.
• 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.
• Rhodes Mock Trial
Rhodes Mock Trial is one of the nation’s most successful college programs with 8 championship final rounds and 32 consecutive appearances at the national championship tournament. Three years ago we began holding the Mock Trial Academy for high school students. It is a one week residential program on our campus in Memphis. Students will get the opportunity to learn valuable trial skills and legal theory. More information about the Academy and the application can be found on our site. We would love to have you share this opportunity with Tennessee high school mockers.
• 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.
• Washington University School of Law online master of law program
• 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.
Attached Files: may_it_please__court_order_form.pdf, redistricting_memo_2016.pdf, district_reps_15-16.pdf, 2019_exhibits.pdf, 2019_problem.pdf, 2019_mock_trial_rules.pdf, courthouse_rules_2019.pdf, yld_districts_map_2017-2018.pdf, 2018_mock_trial_rules.pdf, mock_trial_district_list.pdf, 2019_problem_updated_2.1.19.pdf