LPS SPONSORS TOURNAMENT
FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS - 02/17/06
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
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.