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Mock Trial Proved A Successful Season

Combine the following:  drama, debate, the Minneapolis Courthouse, head to head competition, forensics and a flavor of Law and Order ; and you might come close to capturing the essence of the Mock Trial competition.   The competition is run by the Minnesota Bar Association.

This year’s team developed a case involving 5 lawyers and 6 witnesses that competed against other high schools.  All 150+ teams in Minnesota use identical case materials to develop both a prosecution and a defense side.  The problem involved an ex-police detective who was fired for allegedly mishandling citizens in need.  Detective Rook E. Greenwood brought suit against the department to regain his job.  The case was colored by witnesses and case elements that involved PETA, Facebook, a mayoral race, failed body armor, a concert shooting, an injured dog and First Amendment rights.

The eight trials this year included tournaments at the U of M and Macalester College as well as trials at the courthouse verses Prior Lake, Lakeville North and Edina.  West was well represented by a strong team of litigators and well-rehearsed witnesses.  Besides the West staff, coaching was also generously volunteered by attorney David Ahlvers.

The West Lutheran Mock Trial team roster included:  Lawyers Brian Merchant, Greyson St.Martin, Jacob Behmer, Ross Robinson, and Chris Hepfner.  Witnesses Isak Preus, Rachel Grooms, Kylin Toth, Jessica Hallam, Tyler Zemke and Jackson Ohlendorf.  

Pictured in the West Lutheran Mock team photo: L to R: Attorney David Ahlvers, Jessica Hallam, Isak Preus, Ross Robinson, Tyler Zemke, Rachel Grooms, Jackson Ohlendorf, Jacob Behmer, Chris Hepfner, Coach Steve Merten. Seated: Brian Merchant, Greyson St. Martin