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Kim Basting
Director, Mock Trial Program
(612) 278-6306 | (800) 882-6722

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Mock Trial Advisory Committee

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to mock trial through the Amicus Society on  Your financial support is appreciated! 

Mock Trial Program Celebrates 30 Years! (1986-2016)

The Minnesota 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. Your students will exercise their critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as the basic skills learned in the classroom.

Donate to the Mock Trial Program

We need your help.  For the past 29 years, the MSBA has coordinated the High School Mock Trial Program.  Mock Trial 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 through simulated courtroom trial competitions.   Thousands of students across Minnesota have participated in Mock Trial over the years, and the experience inspired many of them to attend law school.  Today you will find our former mock trial participants in law firms, courtrooms, businesses and solo practices around the state.

In order to ensure the viability of this important program for the future, the MSBA created a separate 501(c)(3) called the Amicus Society to allow tax-deductible donations to Mock Trial.  The Amicus Society's goal is to raise $30,000 for Mock Trial in sponsorship dollars and donations.  The MSBA remains committed to funding a portion of the program but we need your help to pay for costs such as team and judges training, courtroom expenses and awards.  We ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation to the Amicus Society to help sustain this very popular public education program.  If you donate $100.00 or more, your name will be placed on our website, the Mock Trial State Competition materials, and included in a thank you advertisement in our May Bench & Bar magazine.

We hope we can count on your support in order to continue this valuable experience for youth throughout Minnesota.  Donating through the Amicus Society is simple and tax-deductible.  Please visit us on You may also send a donation to the MSBA Mock Trial Program.  Please make your check payable to The Amicus Society.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Basting at (612) 278-6306.  

Thank you to those that have already donated this year!

Thank You!

The Mock Trial Program would like to thank the judges and attorneys that volunteered for the 2015 competitions!

See the full list: April 2015 Bench & Bar Digital Edition

We also want to extend our gratitude to those that supported the program:

Aaefedt Forde Gray, Monson, & Hager
District Bar Associations
(First District; Seventh District; Eighth District; Twelfth District; Fifteenth District; Eighteenth District)
Fredrikson & Byron PA
Frentz & Frentz
Geraghty O’Loughlin & Kenney, PA
Lawplicity Inc
Law Offices of Nicholas Furia PLLC
Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
Minnesota Judicial Districts
Minnesota State Bar Foundation
Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certified Specialists
Minnesota State Bar Association Sections
(Animal Law; Appellate Practice; Art & Entertainment Law; Children & the Law; Civil Litigation; Construction Law; Corporate Counsel; Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law; Family Law; Health Law; Labor & Employment Law; Outstate Practice; Probate & Trust Law; Public Law; Public Utilities; and Solo & Small Firm)
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
Paradigm Reporting & Captioning
Ratwik Roszak & Maloney PA
Thomson Reuters
Individual Donations of $50.00 or more: Peter Barry, Ronald Blum, Richard Bosse, Patrick Bradley, Sarah Beuning, Zachary Crain, Charles Cochrane, Justin & Hilary Fox, Lauren Johnson Naumann, Elizabeth Keyes, Jean Kummerow, Richard Lesicko, William McGinnis, Nancy McLean, Brian Meeker, Bridget Nelson, Robert Patient, Bernard Reynolds, Linda Wray

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Program on
Your financial support is appreciated!

Jim Jacobi, WI (right) presenting the Golden Gavel Award to Honorable James Dehn (left).

The Honorable James Dehn received the 2014 NHSMTC Justice Gene Franchini Golden Gavel Award on May 10, 2014 in Madison, WI. This award recognizes any adult individual who has demonstrated exemplary dedication and commitment to the goals and ideals of the national high school mock trial program.  

Judge Dehn has been involved with the Minnesota Program for over 20 years serving as an attorney coach, a Mock Trial Judge, and on the Mock Trial Advisory Committee.  Congratulations!