The Cape Elizabeth High School mock trial team took home its ninth state title in ten years last month, a win that will send the team to the National High School Mock Trial Championship (NHSMTC), held in Evansville, Indiana this May.
Murray, Plumb & Murray’s own Richard O’Meara has served as a lawyer-coach for the Maine High School Mock Trial program for over twenty years, the last sixteen as the lead attorney-coach for Cape Elizabeth. He commended the team on its success: “All of the team members have worked incredibly hard to get to this point. They all have shown tremendous improvement in their legal knowledge and performance skills since practices began in September. They are now really looking forward to representing the State of Maine at the national competition, hoping to equal or improve upon the team’s best ever eighth place finish at the 2017 Nationals.”
According to the NHSMTC website, the competition focuses on “promoting an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions and other endeavors for students.”
The competition provides students the opportunity to play the roles of both lawyers and witnesses in a mock criminal or civil case. After several trials of the case, teams are judged based on their knowledge of procedure as well as their presentation skills. Participants in the national competition will receive the case to be tried on April 1 and have just five weeks to prepare for the tournament.
More information about the championship can be found online at nationalmocktrial.org.