The Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related educational program that introduces high school students (grades 9-12) to the American legal system. Mock trials are structured like "real" court trials and follow the same rules. The program pairs students with mentors from the legal community. Through one-on-one interactions with attorney coaches, a student's understanding of the law is greatly enhanced.


The Mock Trial provides an opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Through role-playing, students gain an understanding of our judicial system--what roles judges, lawyers, juries and witnesses play in the system. Additionally, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills and a working knowledge of our legal practices and procedures. 2006 Seaside High School graduate Elizabeth Wolcott says “Mock Trial was one of the coolest things I got to do in high school, because it was an activity outside of class that helped me develop my speaking and team management skills, which were invaluable to me in college.”

Interested in Participating in Mock Trial?
Contact joyce@lyceum.org

Mock Trial 2017- 2018 Winners - Carmel High School

2017-2018 Winners:

Congratulations to the 2018 Monterey County Mock Trial winners - Carmel High School!

Coming in close behind them in 2nd place was Palma High School, and in 3rd place Pacific Grove High School.

A job well done to all of the teams who participated this year which also included students from Alvarez, Gonzales, Santa Catalina, and Stevenson High Schools.  


Journalism Competition         

  • 1st Place: Lilyan Montori, Pacific Grove High Read Article

  • 2nd Place: Jasmin Cabello, Alvarez High Read Article

  • 3rd Place: Ian Geertsen, Carmel High School

Artists Competition

  • 1st Place: Paige Hartley , Carmel High

  • 2nd Place: Athena Fosler-Brazil, Carmel High

  • 3rd Place: Michelle Foley, Carmel High

Outstanding Performance Awards:

Outstanding Prosecution Pretrial Motion Attorney:
    Matthew Nielsen, Stevenson High
    Jacob Ottone, Palma
Outstanding Prosecution Attorney:
    Patrick Briley, Palma
    Sarah Bitter, Pacific Grove
Outstanding Prosecution Witness:
    Athena Landeros, Gonzales High
    Bennett Bishop, Pacific Grove High
Outstanding Defense Pretrial Motion Attorney:
    Miles Prekiski, Carmel High
    Angela Gomez, Alvarez High
Outstanding Defense Attorney:
    Juliet Peristein, Pacific Grove
    Erika Schwerdfeger, Santa Catalina
Outstanding Defense Witness:
    Olivia Gebreamlak, Santa Catalina
    Eliana Heiser, Stevenson
Outstanding Clerk:
    Micheal Perez, Palma
    Jacob Matiyevsky, Carmel
Outstanding Bailiff
    Alex Thomas, Palma
    Julia Sudol, Carmel

Special Thanks to:

Mike Whilden
Peter Funt
and all of the teacher and attorney coaches, attorney scorers and judges that make this event possible!


"This was my second full year of coaching Mock Trial and once again I was reminded of the invaluable ways that this program enriches the academic experiences offered in high school. As an English teacher, I especially appreciate the ways that the program addresses learning objectives in my subject area. The students learn to write and respond to arguments, as well as speak eloquently with poise and confidence. What more could a teacher ask for?"

- Larry Haggquist, Mock Trial Teacher Coach

2016-2017 Mock Trial Winners

1st Place: Carmel High School

2nd Place: Pacific Grove High School

3rd Place: Palma High School

Journalism Competition:

  • Joyce Doherty - 1st Place

  • Melissa Pavloff - 2nd Place

  • Lexi Rohrer - 3rd Place

Artists Competition:

  • Kevin Kamm - 1st Place

  • Sophia Linnevers - 2nd Place

  • Sofia Chang - 3rd Place