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Mock Trial teams from four area high schools practiced their forensic skills before a jury composed of members of Trinity's Law and Politics Society at a tournament held on campus February 4. The competition featured participants from Chicago Christian, Illiana Christian, Wheaton Academy, and Timothy Christian high schools.  

The high school students applied their arguments for the defense and plaintiff, using tactics they developed during practice sessions. As a result, they were better able to determine whether their direct and cross examinations and portrayals as witnesses were convincing and effective.  
Teams also engaged in debate and interaction with Trinity students interested in the law.

"Mock trial is a fascinating way for students to assume roles as witnesses and lawyers, learning legal skills and challenging them to think on their feet," said Nathan Vis '08, president of the Law and Politics Society. 

Timothy Christian came away as reigning champions, although Wheaton had the best witness and Timothy had the best lawyer. Rhoda Mattson, J.D., and Samantha Schulz, an Olivet Nazarene graduate and a second year law school student at Loyola, acted as judges.

A combination of theater and persuasive speaking, mock trial contests develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Competitions also provide continuing education about the American judicial system.

"The tournament was very well run, and I really appreciated the participation by Trinity students," said Scott Roelofs, Timothy Christian coach and social studies teacher. "It was fun for us because we had all the private league schools there; it was sort of like a league championship." 

The Law and Politics Society challenges students to formulate vibrant, biblically-based concepts of politics and law while fostering a view of citizenship that stems from civic virtue. Members critique current legal and political events from the biblical standards of justice, righteousness, mercy, and compassion. 

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