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Mock Trial Competition

Team Roster and Trial Roster & Duties forms now available.
St. Louis Region Preliminary Round 1 pairings now available.

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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.

2017-2018 Competition 
Competition Information

Important Dates

October 2, 2017   Team Registration Open
October 16, 2017   Case Packet Released
October 16, 2017 (tentative)   Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released
TBD   Mock Trial Institute 2016-17 Season Video Replay
November 10, 2017 | 5:00 p.m.   Team Registration Closes
January 2, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round I)
January 9, 2018 | 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 23, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round II)
March 23-25, 2018   State Championship (St. Louis, MO)
May 10-12   2018 National Championship (Reno, NV)
 

Team Contacts


Manuals & Forms

Local Rules (Competition Manual)

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 Teaser

In 2016, Break-Out Band of the Year, Spiders in Cars, released their hit single "Young Americans." The song remained on the BigSign Top 5 List for over 20 weeks, and is still being streamed at almost unprecedented levels on PearShare, generating over $100,000 a month in income for the band. Shortly after receiving an Award for Breakout Performance of the Year, allegations surfaced that the melody sounded a little too much like a song from jazz pianist David Bowe, who had tragically succumbed to cancer at the young age of 26. Was the Breakout Performance of the Year just a cheap knockoff? Was Bowe's song actually original? Find out in Reptilian Records, LLC v. Changez, Inc., d/b/a Spiders in Cars.

Case Packet

Case Music
Seguidilla
A Song for Sam
Young Americans

Case Questions & Clarifications

The Paige Notes
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 Region - LAKC-YLS

Martin Rice
Dentons US LLP
(816) 460-2410
martin.rice@dentons.com

Cassandra Robinson
Allstate
(314) 363-5095
crocx@allstate.com


Out-State Region

Eric Wilson
The Missouri Bar
(573) 638-2240
ewilson@mobar.org


Saint Louis Region & Missouri State Coordinator

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

2018 National Mock Trial Championship

May 10—12, 2018 | Reno, Nevada

2018 National Mock Trial Championship Website

Materials for nationals will be released on April 1, 2018.

2017-2018 Competition Schedule 
Kansas City

Preliminary Rounds

Round 1: TBD
Round 2: TBD

Regionals

Round 1: TBD
Round 2: TBD

Out-State

TBD

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.

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Sign Up (St. Louis Region)

Preliminary Round 1

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Preliminary Round 1 Pairings

Preliminary Round 1 Rankings

Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results

Preliminary Round 2

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Preliminary Round 2 Pairings

Preliminary Round 2 Rankings

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Round 2: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Schools Competing at Regionals

Regionals Pairings

Regionals Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results

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 - 5
Out-State Region - 1
St. Louis Region - 10

Round 1

Friday, March 23, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.

Round 2

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Quarterfinal

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 1:00 p.m.

Semi-Final

Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.

Final

Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.

 

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.