Evansville to host national Mock Trial contest in 2020

Evansville will host the National High School Mock Trial Championship in 2020, the Indiana Bar Foundation and the city of Evansville announced today.

The event will bring 900 high school students, their parents, teachers and attorneys from around the country, and possibly from select U.S. territories, for four days from May 6 to 9 and potentially infuse $1.6 million into the local economy. Attorney Scott Wylie, who is on the IBF’s steering committee for the championship, said the mock trial will be a “wonderful way to show off Evansville to the rest of the country.”

Wylie also noted this will be an opportunity to spotlight the local legal community. Already the Vanderburgh County judges have agreed to clear their calendars and let courtrooms be used for the mock trial competition. The event will require at least 400 volunteers but Wylie is confident, given the tight-knit and active local bar, that many attorneys will offer to help.

The Indiana Bar Foundation organizes and oversees the Indiana Mock Trial Competition, which regularly sends Hoosier teams to the national competition. Most of the Indiana schools that participate in mock trial are from either central or northern Indiana. Charles Dunlap, IBF executive director, is hopeful that having the national rounds in Evansville will help spark interest in the activity in southern Indiana.

Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David will be leading the steering committee.   

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