North Dakota High School State Bar Association Mock Trial

Students from Legacy High School and Alexander High School participated in the State Bar Association of North Dakota's (SBAND) High School Mock Trial Competition, on April 11. The competition was held in the Burleigh County Courthouse. Judge volunteers as presiding judges were Judge Britta Joyce, Bismarck; and Nicholas Nelson, Wahpeton. Attorney volunteer scoring judges of the competition were: Kristin Binder, Bismarck; Pat Brooke, Bismarck; William Behrmann, Bismarck, and Brad Peterson, Bismarck.

Alexander High School took first place in this year's competition. The team's teacher was Amber Severson and attorney coach is Judge El-Dweek.

Legacy High School took home the second-place prize. The team's teacher is Brittany Ramlo and attorney coach was Eric Edison.

The competitive event was a great learning experience for students and attorneys/judges who participated in making the 2023 High School Mock Trial Competition a great success.

The SBAND High School Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related education program that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. The program brings together attorneys, judges, students, and teachers from across the state. Students learn the details of the trial process and procedure, and improve skills in communication, reasoning, critical thinking, public speaking, and teamwork. Students are also given a rare opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys and judges.


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