Baton Rouge Bar Foundation to sponsor regional mock trial competition for high school students Feb. 17-18


The Region III High School Mock Trial Competition takes place Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, and will involve 16 participating teams from nine schools. The competition will take place at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse, 300 North Blvd. The first round begins Friday at 9:45 a.m., and Saturday’s competition is 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


The top two winning teams from this regional competition will go on to compete at the state-level of the 2017 Judge Richard N. Ware IV Memorial High School Mock Trial Competition March 11, 2017, in Monroe, Louisiana. This year’s national competition will be held May 11-13, 2017, in Hartford, Connecticut.


The Louisiana parishes included in Region III are Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Tangipahoa and Washington.


The Region III Mock Trial Competition is a youth education program of the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation and is coordinated by Lynn Smith Haynes. Monica Vela-Vick, who is chairperson of this year’s Mock Trial Competition, practices with Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP.


Sponsors of this competition include the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation and Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council. This program is financially assisted by the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA) program. For more information about this competition or other programs of the BRBF, contact Lynn Smith Haynes at 225-214-5564 or