Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition
Congratulations to Piedmont High School--2021 Alameda County Mock Trial Champions!
The 2020-21 Mock Trial season came to an exciting conclusion as Piedmont High edged Bishop O’Dowd to become the 2020-21 Alameda County Champions, and thus advance to the CA State competition. To get to the finals, Piedmont squeezed by a talented Amador Valley team, and, in a season marked by an unusual level of parity, O’Dowd held off perennial contender Moreau Catholic by an astonishingly close margin.
Watch the 2021 Alameda County Mock Trial Finals
Despite the uncertainty due to the pandemic (and a few bumps along the way)--and in large part thanks to your incredible flexibility and patience--teams representing 14 High Schools from across Alameda County successfully pivoted to a virtual competition this year due, thus enabling over 250 students to benefit from the unique college, career and civic readiness that Mock Trial provides. Over 30 team coaches, 75 senior legal professionals from across the Bay Area, and a dozen ACOE staff members volunteered tirelessly this year to make the program a success.
2020-21 Team Competition Results
- Alameda County Champions: Piedmont High School
- Alameda County Runner-Up: Bishop O’Dowd High School
- Alameda County Semi Finalists: Moreau Catholic High School, Amador Valley High School
2020-21 Team Spirit Award Winners
- Albany High: Mavi Hodoglugil
- Amador Valley High: Anjali Ramesh
- American High: Abigail Galang Manalese, Aarthi Kannan, Azaan Sharif
- Bishop O'Dowd High: Aasha Krishnan
- Granada High: Benjamin Mock
- Irvington High: Sruthi Putcha
- Leadership Public HS, Oakland: Zinna Thomas, Alexandra Perez Lopez
- Mission San Jose High: Andrew Liang, Shameet Sharma
- Moreau Catholic High: Harveen Kaur
- Oakland School for the Arts: Alessandra Mohar
- Oakland Tech High: Caroline Pers, Daisy Amador-Pena
- Piedmont High: Anthony Wong, Emma Broening
- Saint Mary's College High: Chaelyn Rigmaiden-Anderson, Nadia Ghanbari
2020-21 Individual Award Winners
- Competitor of the Year: Brooke Nunes, Moreau Catholic
- Prosecution Pre-Trial Attorney
- 1st Place (tie): Daisy Amador Pena, Oakland Tech; Maya McCall, Oakland School for the Arts
- 2nd Place (tie): Jasai Martinez, Leadership Public Schools; Aasha Krishnan, Bishop O’Dowd
- 3rd Place (tie): Mira Steinberg, Saint Mary’s College High; Anthony Wong, Piedmont High; Shuchi Parikh, Amador Valley High
- Defense Pre-Trial Attorney
- 1st Place: Caroline Pers, Oakland Tech
- 2nd Place: Benjamin Mock, Granada High
- 3rd Place (tie): Izzy Tokarz, Bishop O’Dowd, Alessandra Mohar, Oakland School for the Arts
- Prosecuting Attorney
- 1st Place: Krithik Varghese, Irvington High
- 2nd Place: Léo Corzo-Clark, Albany High
- 3rd Place (tie): Adam Abdul-Rahim, Bishop O’Dowd; Gia Oscherwitz, Granada High
- Defense Attorney
- 1st Place: Aasha Krishnan, Bishop O’Dowd
- 2nd Place (tie): Avery Forristal, Bishop O’Dowd; Brooke Nunes, Moreau Catholic
- 3rd Place (tie): Spencer Paik, Berkeley High; Jasia Martinez, Leadership Public Schools
- Prosecution Witness
- 1st Place: Aidan Hollinger-Miles, Bishop O’Dowd
- 2nd Place (tie): Emmet Grout, Oakland Tech, Brandon Bazile, Saint Mary’s College High
- 3rd Place (tie): Sruthi Putcha, Irvington High; Harveen Kaur, James Mira, Moreau Catholic
- Defense Witness
- 1st Place: Jay Krishnan, Bishop O’Dowd
- 2nd Place: Adam Abdul-Rahim, Bishop O’Dowd
- 3rd Place (tie): Esha Shah, Amador Valley High; Joycelyn Hutchinson, Moreau Catholic
- 1st Place: Ela Mutaf, Amador Valley High
- Courtroom Artist
- 1st Place (tie): Lily Cheng, Andrea Yang, Amador Valley High
- Courtroom Journalist
- 1st Place (tie): Trisha Khattar (3rd Place at State), Edward Ding, Amador Valley High
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Congratulations to American High School, Fremont, 2019-20 County Champions!
Watch the 2019-20 Alameda County Mock Trial Finals!
Congratulations to American High School in Fremont, whose Mock Trial team took first place in the 2020 Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition.
In an epic, remarkably evenly matched final round, American High School eked out a victory over the defending champion Moreau Catholic! Of the 1686 points awarded by the 5 scorers, American earned 850 to Moreau’s 836. This one will go down as one for the ages.
Heartfelt congratulations to both teams! Moreau displayed all of the skill and grace reflective of the true champions that they are, and American proved that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Truly a remarkable performance by both teams. And now let’s wish American the best of luck as they advance to the State competition in Los Angeles (March 20-22). We know they will represent Alameda County well.
Courtroom Art Competition
This year we had 5 submissions for the Courtroom Artist competition. Like the regular Mock Trial competition, the quality of these submissions was remarkably high. After a thorough jury process, here are the final results:
- First Place (tie): Jocelyn Tao, Foothill High; and Carson Moses, Moreau Catholic
- Third Place: Gianna Nguyen, Moreau Catholic
- Honorable Mentions: Sophia Choi, Amador Valley and Lily Cheng, Amador Valley
Based on these results, Jocelyn and Carson qualify to advance to the State competition, where we are confident they will be strong contenders.
This year we had two exceedingly strong Journalism submissions. Here are the results of the jurying process:
- First Place: Trisha Khattar, Amador Valley
- Second Place: Edward Ding, Amador Valley
Both Trisha and Edward qualify to advance to the State competition in LA, where, like their artist peers, we're sure they will represent Alameda County well.
Congrats to all submitters, and best of luck to Jocelyn, Carson, Trisha and Edward at States!
The Alameda County Mock Trial Competition is a countywide high school criminal trial competition designed to increase understanding of our judicial system and the processes necessary to create a just society.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). Each year CRF creates a mock trial that addresses serious matters facing young people today.
Each team works with teacher and attorney coaches to prepare their version of the criminal case, both from the prosecution and defense perspective. Students assume the roles of trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs. Through these role-playing techniques, students learn about the content and processes of law in an exciting and vibrant way. Also, by studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students increase their public speaking skills, analytical ability and team cooperation.
If you would like to volunteer your time and expertise to the Alameda County Mock Trial Competition or would like more information about the program, please contact Ben Sanders, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2020-21 Mock Trial Competition Dates
- Tuesday, Jan 26
- Thursday, Jan 28
Semi Finals and Finals
- Tuesday, Feb 2
- Thursday, Feb 4
- Tuesday, Feb 9
- Thursday, Feb 11
- Tuesday, Feb 23
- Thursday, Feb 25