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  Shelley Brown Wojciechowski, CLREP (410) 706-5360

Four Maryland High School Finalists
in State Bar Mock Trial Competition

The 2004-2005 Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition is down to its final "magnificent four." Last fall, over 1800 high school students, representing 138 high schools across Maryland, entered the Maryland State Bar Association's (MSBA) annual statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, hoping to advance to this year's final championship, which will be held in Annapolis on April 28-29, 2005 with the Honorable Lynne Battaglia, Court of Appeals of Maryland, presiding.

The top four teams to emerge as the "magnificent four" finalists are: St. Mary’s High School, in Anne Arundel County; Owings Mills High School in Baltimore County; Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County; and Elizabeth Seton High School in Prince George’s County.

In this competition, student mock trial teams perform the same trial, assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Teams devote countless hours in preparation for the competition under the direction and guidance of volunteer attorney and teacher advisors. Attorneys and judges volunteer to coach the students and assist them throughout the competition. MSBA's educational arm in Maryland schools, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), manages the competition.

Since its inception in 1983, over 32,000 Maryland youth have participated in MSBA's Mock Trial Competition. MSBA sponsors this educational and enjoyable contest to promote young people's understanding of the law, trial procedures and the legal system. For more information, or to get involved, contact CLREP at 410-706-5360 or


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