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Advisory: Final Trial at 2023 County Moot Court Competition

High School Students to Present Oral Arguments Before Local Judges

SCOE Media Advisory

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (279) 789-1601 • Email:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 24, 2023


WHAT: 44th Annual Moot Court Competition

WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 / 5:45 p.m. Competition / 7:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony

WHERE: 3rd District Court of Appeal, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA

WHO: Bella Vista and Mira Loma High Schools

WHY: Final Round and Awards

Following a month-long round of trials, two teams from the San Juan Unified School District—Bella Vista High School and Mira Loma High School—have made it to the finals in the 2023 Gordon D. Schaber (GDS) Moot Court Competition.

The competition simulates an appellate-level proceeding in which students prepare and argue a case before a panel of three judges who evaluate the students on the quality and persuasiveness of their legal reasoning and presentation, as well as their unscripted responses to spontaneous questions from the panel of judges.

A winner will be announced following a deliberation session by the guest judges, followed by an awards presentation. Both the final round and awards ceremony are open to the public.