Monday, December 16, 2019

Online Mock Trial Training

See below the invitation to log-in for the workshop twith Kyle Kaiser presenting, "Rules of Evidence".  

Below is the invitation to log-in for the workshop  afternoon.

Utah State Bar CLE Department is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Law Related Education Rules of Evidence Mock Trial Workshop
Time: Dec 19, 2019 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 238 943 647

From the State Mock Trial Program -- 
This Thursday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m. will be our 1st mini-workshop "Rules of Evidence."  One of our board members and Asst. AG will be presenting with the help of some mock trial students from Integritas. This will be a live "online" presentation. I will be sending the link a link so please watch for that and share with your students.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Schedule for 2020

SCHEDULING: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Mornings/Afternoons/Evenings)

Middle School Competition Dates – Playoff Rounds:
February 12, February 14, February 18, February 19, February 21, February 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28
(9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) (1:00-3:30 p.m.) (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
[I have requested that we not complete on February 12 during the day, February 20 -- Day and Evening,  February 27 and 28 --Evening, March 3 -- Day.]
Elimination – Round of 16:March 5 (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Quarter Finals – 8 teams:March 10 (5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Semi Finals – 4 teams:March 13 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
Middle School Final 2 Teams:March 19 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

We watched part of this video of a Mock Trial conducted in California.
Some of their procedures and terms are different from ours, but this will give you a good idea of how a Mock Trial competition works.

Students received applications and teacher recommendation forms.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Points of law:
What Officer Christensen did was 
   not excessive force
   not unprovoked
   not unjustified
   not unreasonable

The Plaintiff claims that the 3D gun (which was made to look like a real gun) was not a threat to anyone.   However,  people have threatened others with fake guns.  When a person sees something that looks like a gun and does not know that it is non-functional, that person could reasonably feel threatened, especially when the gun is somewhere it should not be. 

There were other causes that led Savea Tuvale to leave Emigration.  He had been bullied and the bullying had gotten much worse, much more threatening. 

Savea Tuvale is over the age of 16 and did pose a threat according to the information that Officer Christensen had.

must show "a continuing, persistent, and widespread practice of unconstitutional misconduct by the entity’s employees;"  pg. 80  --  2 of 2 in BestLaw

To prove actual causation, the plaintiff must show that “but for” the defendant’s actions, the alleged injury would not have occurred. 
Plaintiff claims that part of the injury to Savea is his loss of educational opportunities avaiable in Emigration --  He didn't acutally decide to leave until after the increased bullying incidents. 
 [It was not Officer Christensen's actions that caused the bullying to increase -- it was Savea's choice to bring a gun to school.-- added to a bias already present in parts of the community against so-called "outsiders."  Neither of those things were caused or contributed to by the Emigration Police Department.] 

To prove proximate causation, the plaintiff must show that its alleged injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions. The plaintiff need not prove that the defendant actually foresaw the alleged injury as a consequence of its actions; rather, the plaintiff need only show that a reasonable person in the same situation would have foreseen the alleged injury as a consequence of her actions.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Bailiff Workshop

This is the link to the bailiff workshop:
You could watch it anytime.  


You  (both bailiffs) will meet before the trial in a side room with the judges.

Ask the presiding judge how he or she wants the witnesses sworn in -- three at once or individually? 

The bailiff for the Plaintiff will call the court to order.
Introduce the judge  page. 36 example of what you can say to introduce the panel and presiding judge. Speak up so your voice carries throughout the courtroom.

Then the judge will ask the plaintiff bailiff to call the case.   Pages 36 and 37
Sometimes a break between plaintiff and defense –
 Defense bailiff takes over and calls the court into session  -- The defense bailiff will take over the second half of the trial