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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.

2020-2021 Competition 
Competition Information

 Mock Trial Calendar

2020-21 Important Dates

October 1, 2020   Team Registration Opens
October 16, 2020   Case Packet Released
November 30, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.   Team Registration Closes
January 1, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline for payment of team registration fees.
January 5 & 7, 2021   Zoom Practice/Scrimmages (via Zoom) - Optional
January 11, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round I)
January 18, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit Team Rosters to State Coordinator
January 26 & 28, 2021   Combined Preliminary Round 1 (via Zoom)
February 8, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round II)
February 23 & 25, 2021   Combined Preliminary Round 2 (via Zoom)
April 9-11, 2021   State Championship (via Zoom)
May 13-15, 2021   2021 National Championship (Virtual)
Case File available April 1, 2021
 

Team Contacts


Manuals & Forms

Team Registration
 

Local Rules (Competition Manual)
Local Rules revised 12/9/2020

 Virtual Rules Overview
 Watch 10/15/20 Team Call

Code of Conduct

Federal Rules of Evidence (National Mock Trial Version)

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Plaintiff

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Defense

Sample Score Sheet/Ballot

Sample Comment Sheet


Case Information

Case Packet
Case Packet revised 1/4/2021

Clarifications of Facts or Rules
Posted 12/17/2019

The PAIGE Notes
Note: The Paige Notes is an unofficial 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.

Case Teaser 2020-21

State of Missouri v. Parker Crimson

Detective Curry had been in the precinct for nearly 34 straight hours, fueled by cheap coffee, stale donuts, and adrenaline. Every inch of the conference room table was covered with hand-written notes, crime-scene photos, and coroner’s reports. Captain Brennan stood at the far side of the conference room, arms crossed. This case was big, and she knew it. Even the Governor had called about this one.

Brennan sighed, "You look like hell. When was the last time you slept?"

"It's been a while," Curry replied. "It's our jobs on the line if we don't get this one right."

"You let me worry about that. I need to know. What's your best guess?"

Curry took one long last stare at the photos, hoping for some sign from the heavens that would illuminate the answer. Finally, Curry looked up. "It was Crimson. In the Study. With the fireplace poker."

Regional Coordinators

Kansas City Region — LAKC-YLS


Out-State Region

TBD


Saint Louis Region

Dan Barnett
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
(314) 485-3803
dbarnett@bamsl.org

Coordinating Committee

Co-Chairs

Missouri State Coordinator

Dan Barnett
dbarnett@bamsl.org

Rules Advisory Committee

Kansas City Region

Regional Coordinator
Phil Raine
phillip.raine@gmail.com
Attorney Coach
Tracy Hancock
Tracy.hancock@permobil.com
Teacher Coach
Christine Adams
christine_adams@isdschools.org
 

Out-State Region

Regional Coordinator
TBD
Attorney Coach
TBD
Teacher Coach
TBD
 

St. Louis Region

Regional Coordinator
Dan Barnett
dbarnett@bamsl.org
Attorney Coach
David Cox
david@coxesq.us
Teacher Coach
Randy Pierce
randebate@aol.com

 

2020-2021 Competition Schedule 
January 26 & 28, 2021   Combined Preliminary Round 1 (via Zoom)
February 23 & 25, 2021   Combined Preliminary Round 2 (via Zoom)
April 9-11, 2021   State Championship (via Zoom)
State Championship (via Zoom) 

Schools Competing at State

   1. Lutheran South
   2. Kirkwood
   3. Francis Howell North
   4. Ladue Horton Watkins
   5. Cor Jesu Academy
   6. Grain Valley
   7. Thomas Jefferson
   8. Ursuline Academy
   9. Clayton
   10. St. Louis University
   11. Villa Duchesne
   12. MICDS
   13. Visitation Academy of St. Louis
   14. St. Louis Priory School
   15. Chaminade
   16. De Smet
   Alternate: Lindbergh

 

Round 1

Friday, April 9, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.

Round 2

Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.

Quarterfinal

Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

Semi-Final

Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.

Final

Sunday, April 11, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

 

2021 Missouri High School Mock Trial State Championship
April 9-11, 2021 

The 2021 season and the State Championship were held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1st Place

Kirkwood High School (Kirkwood, MO)

Screenshot photo of the Kirkwood High School mock trial team

2nd Place

Ladue Horton Watkins High School (Ladue, MO)

Screenshot photo of the Ladue Horton Watkins High School mock trial team

 

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