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Celebrating 30 Years! (1986-2016)


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

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

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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.

2016 State Champion, Nova Classical Academy, places 3rd at the National High School Mock Trial Competitions in Boise, Idaho!

Nova Classical Academy, a K-12 charter school in St. Paul and this year’s state mock trial champion, took third place at the 2016 high school National Mock Trial Tournament on May 14. Seniors Caroline Behling-Hess, Mary Clare Burke, Sophia Cherif, Ignasi Dorca, Hannah Hoefs, Liam Magistad, Anya Magnuson, and Luke Westawker ran an undefeated 2016 season, winning a total of 15 trials, four of them at the national tournament in Boise, Idaho. The team bested its fourth-place finish last year, this time missing the final championship round on a tie-breaker with the two finalist teams. For Behling-Hess, Dorca and Magistad, it was their second year in a row of competition at the National Tournament. The team was coached by three attorney coaches, Scott Jurchisin, Joshua Peterson, and Collin Tierney, as well as Nova alumna Liza Michaeli and faculty adviser Don Burrows.  This year marked the third time in four years that the school has won the state mock trial championship, and its third-place showing at nationals is the highest performance to date.

Minnesota has placed in the top 12 for 8 years in a row, including a champion, a runner-up, and two third place finishers.  No other state has done as well.  

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2016 State Champion, Nova Classical Academy

ACTLM 2016

Pictured above is ACTLM Dean James Lavoie and ACTLM Executive Director Kristie Paulson, presenting a $2000.00 check to Nova Classical Academy at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

St Paul Police Unit

Students were greeted at the 2016 State Tournament outside of the Ramsey County Courthouse by the St. Paul Mounted Police Unit. (pictured above are students from Lakeville North High School.  A special thank you to Randy Sparling, Esq. for arranging this event for the students.)


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2016 State Championship Round DVD (Lakeville North HS v. Nova Classical Academy)
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Judge James Dehn honored with the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies’ Distinguished Public Leadership Award.  

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2015-16 Calendar

Date What
Friday, October 16, 2015 Registration Deadline
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 2016 Case Released - Online 
Friday, October 23, 2015 Late Registration Deadline
Monday, November 9, 2015 Team/Coaches Workshop - Minneapolis
Friday, December 11, 2015 Judges Training - Minneapolis
Monday, December 7, 2015 New School Coaches Training
Week of January 11, 2016 Round 1 - Statewide
Week of January 18, 2016 Round 2 - Statewide
Week of January 25, 2016 Round 3 - Statewide
Week of February 1, 2016 Make-up Trials, if applicable
Week of February 8, 2016 Round 4, if applicable - Statewide
Week of February 15, 2016 Round 5, if applicable - Statewide
March 3-4, 2016 State Tournament - St. Paul
Friday, April 1, 2016 NHSMTC Case Released - Tentative
May 12-15, 2016 NHSMTC - Boise, Idaho

*Calendar is subject to change on short notice.