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The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition was founded by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) in 1979 and is BAMSL's most established program. The program is supported by the Saint Louis Bar Foundation and the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation.

As BAMSL's only statewide Law-Related Education program, the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition serves over 500 students from more than 40 schools throughout Missouri and is supported by 400 attorneys who volunteer as coaches, judges, and evaluators. The mock trials are structured like real courtroom trials and follow the same rules and procedures, so students learn first-hand how the legal system works and what role judges, lawyers, juries, and witnesses play in the court system. This increased understanding helps students develop a deeper appreciation for our justice system and the administration of justice. The competition also helps students develop and improve their public speaking and critical thinking skills.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact the Missouri State Coordinator, Dan Barnett, at (314) 485-3803 or dbarnett@bamsl.org.

2016-2017 Competition 
Competition Information

Important Dates

October 1   Team Registration Opens
October 3   Case Packet Released
November 9   Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released
November 16 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Mock Trial Institute Video Replay
December 9 | 5:00 p.m.   Team Registration Closes
January 2 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round I)
January 9 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit Team Rosters to State Coordinator
Team Rosters should contain the school's name, team name(s), teacher coach's name(s), attorney coach's name(s), and students' names.
January 30 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round II)
March 31 - April 2   State Championship (St. Louis)
May 11-13   National Championship (Hartford, Connecticut)
 

Team Contacts
Updated 12/22/2016 12:07 PM


Manuals & Forms

Local Rules (Competition Manual)
Amended 11/9/2016

Federal Rules of Evidence (National Mock Trial Version)

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Prosecution
Updated 12/22/2016

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Defense
Updated 12/22/2016

Sample Ballot
Updated 12/27/2016

Sample Comment Sheet


Case Information

Case Packet
Updated 1/10/2017 10:05 AM

Case Questions & Clarifications
Updated 2/2/2017 10:01 AM

The Paige Notes
Formerly Evidentiary INs and OUTs. Posted 12/16/2016.
Note: The Paige Notes are a resource prepared by Hon. David Lee Vincent, III. In the event of a conflict, the official Case Packet, Mock Trial Local Rules, Rules of Evidence, and Case Questions & Clarifications are controlling.

Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators   Advisory Committee

Kansas City - LAKC-YLS

Sarah Lintecum
Lathrop & Gage LLP
2345 Grand Blvd, Suite 2200
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-5723
SLintecum@lathropgage.com

Martin Rice
Dentons US LLP
4520 Main St., Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 460-2400
martin.rice@dentons.com


Out-State

Eric Wilson
The Missouri Bar
P.O. Box 119
326 Monroe
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0119
(573) 638-2240
ewilson@mobar.org


Saint Louis & Missouri State

Dan Barnett
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
555 Washington Ave., Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO 63101-1249
(314) 485-3803
dbarnett@bamsl.org

2017 National Mock Trial Championship

May 11—13, 2017 | Hartford, Connecticut

2017 National Mock Trial Championship Website

Materials for nationals will be released on April 1, 2017.

2016-2017 Competition Schedule 
Kansas City

Preliminary Rounds

Round 1: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Round 2: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Round 2: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Out-State

Cancelled due to low registration.

Saint Louis

Location
St. Louis County Circuit Courts Building, 105 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Courthouse Security
As you enter any of the St. Louis County court buildings you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. No exceptions will be allowed. People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations. The security checkpoint is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to place any hand carried items (i.e., purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) on the black conveyor belt of the x-ray machine. You will also be required to empty your pockets of any metal items (e.g. keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers, cell phones) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint. You will place the plastic basket of items from your pockets on the black conveyor belt. No weapons of any kind will be allowed.

All trials begin at 6:00 PM. Volunteers should check-in by 5:30 PM.

Preliminary Round 1*

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Preliminary Round 1 Rankings
Corrected 2/2/2017

Preliminary Round 1 Pairings

Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results
Updated 2/21/2017

Preliminary Round 2*

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Preliminary Round 2 Rankings

Preliminary Round 2 Pairings
Updated 2/15/2017

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Round 2: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Schools Competing at Regionals

Regionals Pairings

Regionals Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results
Posted 3/3/2017

State Championship

Location
Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse, 111 S. 10th St., Saint Louis, MO 63102

Courthouse Security
As you enter the courthouse you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. No exceptions will be allowed. People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations. The security checkpoint is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to place any hand carried items (i.e., purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) on the black conveyor belt of the x-ray machine. You will also be required to empty your pockets of any metal items (e.g. keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers, cell phones) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint. You will place the plastic basket of items from your pockets on the black conveyor belt. No weapons of any kind will be allowed.

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Form - State Championship

State Championship Schedule & Hotels/Restaurants

Teams competing at state:
Kansas City Region - 7
Out-State Region - 1
St. Louis Region - 8

Round 1

Friday, March 31, 2017

Round 2

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Quarterfinal

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Semi-Final

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Final

Sunday, April 2, 2017

 

2017 Missouri High School Mock Trial State Championship
Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse | Saint Louis, Missouri
March 31 - April 2, 2017 

State Champion

Truman High School (KC) is the 2017 State Champion of the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

The 2017 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition State Champion is Truman High School from the Kansas City Region.

 

Second place

Cor Jesu Academy (STL) won second place at the State Championship of the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

Cor Jesu Academy, which took second place in the State Championship of the 2017 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition, is from the Saint Louis Region.