Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Iowa High School Mock Trial State Tournament was cancelled. However, The Iowa State Bar Association wants to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of students and coaches who would have participated.
A special recognition page was created on the iowabar.org website to honor the teams that qualified from the many regional competitions around the state, and to recognize graduating seniors from those teams. Click here to view the page, which includes team photos and names of students.
"I am so very thankful to get a chance to work with some of Iowa’s top educators and attorneys each year to provide challenging opportunities to students," said ISBA Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler, who administers the Iowa Mock Trial Program. "While I was heartbroken that we were not able to have a grand high school celebration this Spring, I was pleased that every student who prepared to participate got at least one chance to shine at regionals."
Regarding the 2020-2021 mock trial season for middle school and high school, Wheeler says there will be mock trial in Iowa.
"Somehow, some way, we will offer students opportunities to learn about the law and legal processes and hone their critical preparation and presentation skills next year," he said.
Wheeler has been asked to chair a national committee to explore ways to offer mock trial virtually. The committee has been tasked with generating a set of recommendations for virtual mock trial to offer guidance to states and programs so they can continue to provide students this opportunity in the event social distancing guidelines remain in place throughout next school year.