AHS Mock Trial Team 2016

Alpine High School’s Mock Trial team won the regional competition in Midland on Jan. 27.

They will advance for the second straight year to the State Mock Trial competition in March in Dallas.

The competitors who did legal battle in Midland included Tyler Albright, Will Butler, Cameron Carlin, Georgia Cobb, Logan Duschatko, Christina Rios, Riley Spencer, Kaitlin Williams, Olivia Williams and Hernan Valles.

Several practicing lawyers from the Big Bend community have provided training and assistance to the Alpine Mock Trial students to help the team, including Jaime Escuder, Chris Carlin and Paul Chambers.

The Alpine Mock Trial team sponsors are Kim Keith and Jim Lee.

In preparation for the regional competition in Midland, the Alpine Mock Trial team had previously faced teams from high schools as far away as El Paso at scrimmages in Van Horn and Marfa. District Judge Roy Ferguson presided over those competitions, and the teams received professional critiques and tutelage from Judge David Beebe of Marfa, as well as Big Bend area attorneys Julie Balovich, Liz Rogers and James Miller.

The team was accompanied and guided at these competitions by Escuder, Carlin and Chambers.

At the regional competition, the head of the Texas High School Mock Trial Committee, Steve Gwinn of Dallas, came to Midland to preside. The event was also attended by a number of the best lawyers from the Midland area, who served as competition judges.

After selecting Alpine as the top team, they then also provided additional critiques to the Alpine group on their performance.

The Dallas Bar Association produces the annual state competition.