Welcome to the SRHS Mock Trial Program
Mock Trial is a nationwide academic competition open to all high schools. The Constitutional Rights Foundation creates a case every year in which students have to play the roles of district attorney, defense attorney, witnesses, public safety officers and defendant. The competition is the trial where students are judged by local attorneys on how well they know the case, know their roles, and answer the judge’s questions. In the past five years students from San Rafael High School have competed against every other Marin County high school.
“The Mock Trial program allows students to develop the skills necessary for the mastery of state content standards for history and social science. Through performance-based education, the program furthers an understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system; increases basic skills, analytical ability, and self-confidence; and promotes cooperation among students of various cultures and interests. Based on responses to formal surveys, teacher-sponsors report significant improvement in students' basic skills, critical thinking skills, presentations skills, participation skills, and self-esteem as well as increases in students' content knowledge about the law. A complete description of the program is available at the CRF website url, http://www.crf-usa.org/mock-trial-program/what-is-mock-trial”
The San Rafael High School Mock Trial Team turned in stellar performances during the 2016 Marin County Mock Trial Competition held at the Marin County Courthouse. The team vanquished Terra Linda and Marin Catholic, while losing to eventual Marin County Champion Tam and by just one half point to Drake.
The 2015-16 SR team members were: Lana Apple, John Diaz, Berna Idriz*, Alejandra Jimenez*, Molly Laviano*, Jesus Parra*, Ethan Pletcher, David Rucker, Sebastian Vaziri*, Adam Vogel, Kiki Lam, Carissa Lee*, Lulu Gebbie, Nick Hamlin, Olivia McCabe, Natalia Sinclaire, Sinead Swayne, Keaton Flores, Miguel Jimenez, and Nick Cisneros. Our graduating seniors went on to UCLA, UC Irvine, San Francisco State, and Yale.
*Denotes team member received special performance award in the Marin County Competition
San Rafael Mock Trial students are coached by SRHS parent attorneys and other local attorneys as they prepare for this year’s fictional case and take it to trial in front of sitting Marin County judges. The season starts in late September and concludes in early February. The team meets twice a week in the evening and competitions start in November and are on Saturday. The season culminates in Saturday Sunday “trials” in late January and early February where all the Marin county schools go head to head an the Marin Civic center.
Through hands on experience, Mock Trial provides an incredible opportunity for male and female students of all grades to improve their communication and public speaking skills, and build other life skills such as critical thinking and team building, which are important for success in high school and beyond (and it looks great on college applications!).
For more information or to become involved in Mock Trial, contact SRHS teacher coach Mark Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Introductory Mock Trial Video
Click HERE to see a video about the SRHS Mock Trial program (2014).