Evanston Township High School’s Mock Trial Team placed among the top eight in the state at the University of Illinois at Springfield where 43 high schools competed last month.

Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, the competition involves each 10-member team trying both sides of a hypothetical case developed by the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public.

 The ETHS Mock Trial Team that competed in Springfield.

Students assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses, and a panel of Illinois lawyers and judges, along with members of the ISBA Law Related Education Committee, rates the students’ performance. The students must also take a written test about the issues of the case and basic legal principles.

For the third consecutive year, the ETHS Mock Trial Team tied for first place on the law test. Two team members were recognized as Outstanding Participants: Julia Brady as “Outstanding Attorney” and Win Lalley as both “Outstanding Attorney” and “Outstanding Witness.”

Team coaches are Alison Lupel Chiaro, Sue Brunner, Ashley Anderson, and George Tongas. Team members are Julia Brady, Win Lalley, Blair Parkinson, Jesse Chatz, Adam Morton, Aaron Clarke, Pat McDaniel, Matt Hodak, Samantha Rudy, and Caroline Foster. 

The high school mock trials have been conducted each year since 1982 by the ISBA to provide Illinois high school students an interesting and challenging way to gain insight into the American judicial system. The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago is a co-sponsor of the event.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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