A lawsuit blaming an energy drink maker for permanent injuries to a Wyoming teenager is the case for this year’s Wyoming High School Mock Trial, which is posted online now as Johnson vs. JJJ Beverages.
High school teams will gather in Cheyenne on November 18, 2017, to compete for the WHSMT state title and the chance to represent Wyoming in the National High School Mock Trial tournament in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13, 2018.
Any high school team of 6-8 students in grades 8-12, may compete in the state tournament. Wyoming judges and attorneys preside and score the rounds, as teams present both the plaintiff and defense sides of the case. The WHSMT website provides information on how to prepare for competition, rules of evidence and competition used by WHSMT and scoring guidelines.
WHSMT is supported by grants from the Wyoming State Bar.
Mock trial is an important component of civics education, as students gain a basic understanding of the legal mechanism that society and government uses to resolve disputes and apply laws. In addition, students develop critical thinking skills, oral advocacy skills and teamwork.
For more information about mock trial and this competition, contact Marguerite Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org. WHSMT can help teachers find local attorney coaches and help attorneys connect with local students to form mock trial teams.