The Third Branch
Madison hosts national mock trial tournament
The National High School Mock Trial Championship was held in Madison in May, with Seattle Preparatory School from Washington taking home the top honor.
A team from Rhinelander High School placed eighth at the 2014 National Mock Trial Tournament held May 8-10 in Madison. Forty-six teams competed, including those from Guam, South Korea, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and state champions from across the country. Photo credit: Deb Heneghan, State Bar of Wisconsin
The case the students argued involved a dispute between owners of an energy drink company, and a death allegedly caused by the energy drink.
Mock trial participants took over parts of the Wisconsin State Capitol, including the Supreme Court Hearing Room, during the competition.
Rhinelander High School, who won the state championship in March, placed eighth out of the 46 teams competing in the national tournament. Rhinelander has won 17 state titles, and won the national title in 1989.
"I was proud of our team and how they handled the pressure of competing against state champions from around the nation," Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael H. Bloom, who serves as a legal advisor for the team, told the (Rhinelander) Star Journal.
The finals of the 2014 National Mock Trial Tournament were held in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room. The competition was hosted by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Photo credit: Deb Heneghan, State Bar of Wisconsin