Law School hosts middle school mock trial tournament

University of Wisconsin Law School hosted the 11th Michael A. Hall Middle School Mock Trial Tournament in April. The tournament, named for Director of Student Life Mike Hall, gives middle school students a chance to practice their public speaking, learn how to make persuasive arguments and develop critical thinking skills.


  A middle school student argues before
mock trial judge David Hollander.


Forty middle school students from five local schools participated, and more than 20 law students volunteered to work with the teens and teach them about the law and courtroom practices.

The tournament was organized by third-year law student Morgan Stippel with help from UW Law’s Student Bar Association and Mike Hall. Stippel is the SBA’s vice president for public service.

Nick DeSantis, a second-year law student, coached the winning Sennett Middle School team. Third-year students Sofia Ascorbe and Teuta Jonuzi coached the second place team from Sherman Middle School.

Judges for the event included Stippel; David Hollander, who is the outgoing Mock Trial president; and Professor Adam Stevenson.

Submitted by Law School News on May 3, 2017

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