Court of Appeals hosts mock trial championship

Richard Montgomery High School, Montgomery County, narrowly defeated the team from Baltimore County’s Park School to claim the 2014 Maryland Mock Trial State Championship Friday, April 25, in the Maryland Court of Appeals. Students argued their cases before Court of Appeals Judge Robert N. McDonald.

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The mock trial competition is sponsored by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judiciary. Since the competition began in 1983, more than 56,000 students from most counties in Maryland have participated.

The success of the mock trial competition depends heavily on volunteer attorneys and judges who coach teams and score competitions at local, regional, semifinal and final levels. Each year, several hundred attorneys, masters and judges across Maryland volunteer for this program.