Catlin Gabel Mock Trial
The mock trial team prepares both sides of a simulated legal case against teams from other high schools. This year’s case involved a civil suit for damages by a high school teacher who claimed she was was wrongfully tasered by police while running for a MAX train. Students play the roles of lawyers and witnesses. Volunteer lawyers, educators, and judges serve as judge and jury. Catlin Gabel has won four state championships and performed well at the national level, with two students being awarded the Top Ten Attorney award. The mock trial team is coached by practicing lawyers, faculty members, and mock trial team alumni. Annual highlights include regional and state competitions, team dinners, impromptu games, and a retreat.
The Catlin mock trial team has a history of victory and success.
2001 – State champions, 17th at the national competition
2004 – State champions, 14th at the national competition
2010 – State champions, 21st at the national competition, Eli Coon named one of the top ten attorneys at the competition
2011 – State champions, 30th at the national competition, Leah Thompson named one of the top ten attorneys at the competition
2012 – All three Catlin teams placed in the top 5 at the regional competition, and two of the teams qualified for the state competition
2013 – Two Catlin teams qualified for the state competition
2014 – One Catlin team qualified for the state competition
2015 – One Catlin team qualified for the state competition, and placed 5th in state