27th Annual National High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament

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The Pennsylvania Bar Association thanks all those who made the 2010 National High School Mock Trial Championship (NHSMTC) possible. The competition in Philadelphia May 6-9 was the first time in 14 years the event has been held in the commonwealth. The PBA was proud to host this unique educational program and to welcome more than 40 state-champion and regional mock trial teams from around the nation and across the world. The mock trial team from Scranton Preparatory School, representing Pennsylvania, took 10th place in the championship and Henderson High of West Chester received the Sportsmanship Award. Click here for the championship results. For photos from the championship on the PBA Facebook page, go to the PBA Web site home page, www.pabar.org, click on the Facebook icon at right and follow the prompt to sign up. Click here for the awards dinner program booklet. Click here to order event photos.

The NHSMTC is the premiere national law-related academic tournament for high school students. Mock trial programs are designed to give students an inside perspective on the legal system, providing them with an understanding of the mechanism through which society chooses to resolve many of its disputes. Participation in a performance-based, hands-on program of this nature provides students with a practical knowledge about how our legal system operates and who the major players are in that system. Mock trial programs help develop young citizens who can sustain and build our nation by making a reasoned and informed commitment to democracy.

Participation in a mock trial program provides students with the opportunity to improve important life skills, including oral advocacy, critical thinking and effective communication. Quality preparation, teamwork and the importance of following the rules are also emphasized. These attributes will benefit mock trial students throughout their lives, regardless of their chosen careers.

The education of young people is the primary goal of any mock trial program. Healthy competition fosters attainment of this goal. The PBA is pleased to have played a part in helping to provide an educational experience for high school mock trial students that was challenging, competitive and fun!

Drexel University, a proud partner of the PBA Young Lawyers Division Statewide Mock Trial Competition, was a leadership sponsor of the 2010 championship tournament.