Each year more than 1,000 students and teachers from schools across Nebraska take part in the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program. Additionally, more than 400 legal professionals volunteer as coaches and judges.
A group of Nebraska attorneys research and author an original case each year. The Case Committee is led by the Hon. Karen Flowers, retired (Lincoln), who served as Chair, and Stephanie Hupp (Lincoln), who served as Vice Chair. Members included the Hon. Tina Marroquin (Seward), Stan Beeder (Lincoln), Kristi Egger (Lincoln), Michael Gooch (Omaha), Lory Pasold (Seward) and Jonathan Urbom (Lincoln).
Cases alternate between criminal and civil suits each year.
Mock Trial Student News Reporter Contest Offers New Educational Opportunity
The 2018 Mock Trial Championship marked the inaugural Mock Trial Student News Reporter Contest. This contest was developed through a collaboration of the Bench Media Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation; Doris Huffman, Executive Director of the Foundation; and Jim Timm, President/Executive Director of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.
Each team qualifying for state was invited to add a student reporter to the team. This contest enables schools to draw students from other academic areas and offers another reality-based educational component to the Mock Trial Program. Preparatory materials were provided to help students practice courtroom reporter skills at the local level.
Mock Trial Documents
Documents from earlier years are available by contacting the Foundation at Maggie [at] nebarfnd.org