After several days of intense courtroom competition and careful deliberations by esteemed judges, the verdicts are in for the 2017 Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial Competition: Elk Grove High School is this year’s champion. The team now advances to the California Mock Trial Competition, held in Riverside March 24–26.
The Mock Trial Competition involved 17 high school teams. Sacramento Country Day School placed second in the competition, followed by Rio Americano High School in third, and Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School in fourth.
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), which coordinates the event, announced the winners at an awards ceremony on February 27. Pamela Wu, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for UC Davis School of Law, served as the emcee.
The Mock Trial Competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students portray the roles of pre-trial counsel, prosecuting and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, bailiffs, and jurors before a single presiding judge and two scoring judges. Volunteers from local law firms and other legal organizations served as scoring and presiding judges for the five-day event.
2017 Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial Results
- 1st Place: Elk Grove High School (Elk Grove Unified)
- 2nd Place: Sacramento Country Day School (Private School)
- 3rd Place: Rio Americano High School (San Juan Unified)
- 4th Place: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School (Natomas Unified)
- 5th Place: Sheldon High School (Elk Grove Unified)
- 6th Place: St. Francis High School (Diocese of Sacramento)
- 7th Place: Jesuit High School (Diocese of Sacramento)
- 8th Place: Del Campo High School (San Juan Unified)
About the State Competition
California’s Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America’s young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.