After several days of intense courtroom competition and careful deliberations by esteemed judges, the verdicts are in for the 2016 Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial Competition: Elk Grove High School is this year's champion. The Elk Grove team now advances to the California Mock Trial Competition, held in Sacramento March 18–20.
The Mock Trial Competition involved 18 teams, representing seven high schools from Sacramento. Rio Americano High School placed second in the competition, followed by Sacramento Country Day School in third, and Kaleo Home School in fourth.
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), which coordinates the event, announced the winners at an awards ceremony on February 29. 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.
2016 Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Mock Trial Results
- 1st Place: Elk Grove High School
- 2nd Place: Rio Americano High School
- 3rd Place: Sacramento Country Day School ("red" team)
- 4th Place: Kaleo Home School
- 5th Place: Del Campo High School
- 6th Place: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter High School
- 7th Place: Sacramento Country Day School ("black" team)
- 8th Place: St. Francis High School
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.