Bishop’s Mock Trial Team Competes at the Superior Court

The 2017 Bishop's Mock Trial Team competed in the annual 10-day San Diego County Tournament at the Superior Court. The team is made up of seniors in Rich del Rio's AP U.S. Government class who compete as part of a class project. The students represent both sides of a criminal case, including portraying witnesses, trial attorneys, clerk and bailiff. In addition, students present constitutional arguments before a judge in an attempt to win a favorable ruling over contested evidence in a police investigation. 
 
This year's case was People v. Awbrey. The prosecution charged the defendant with human trafficking and false imprisonment. The defense argued that Awbrey was an overworked restauranteur who, through a series of misunderstandings, mistreated an employee, but that the actions did not rise to the level of the criminal charges.
 
The Bishop's team upheld its long tradition of success in the tournament by winning three rounds and losing a single close round. The team finished in fifth place overall out of 28 competing high schools. Senior Kristina Vu was awarded the trophy for Outstanding Prosecution Witness for her portrayal of Lin Stark, the victim and main accuser of Awbrey.
 
The Bishop's team is coached by volunteer attorney coaches: Lisa Missett (Celeste Crawford '14), Jennifer Kaplan Lebow '96, Christopher Tenorio (Gabi '17), Karin Vogel (Kelly '14 and Tara '16), Matthew Kilman (Alex '14 and Max’19) and Jeff Hill ’97.
 
Participating students included:
 
Pre-trial Lawyers
Samantha Schwimmer '17
Nicholas Midler '17

Prosecution Trial Lawyers
Hailee Silva '17
Aidan Chodorow '17
Matthew Piegza '17
 
Prosecution Witnesses
Police Officer - Nicholas Molina '17
Expert Witness - Sophia Acker '17
Lin Stark - Kristina Vu '17
Restaurant Consultant - Andrés Worstell '17

Defense Trial Lawyers
Gabi Tenorio '17
Alexandra Tsai '17
Ryan Feng '17

Defense Witnesses
Defendant Cameron Awbrey - Will Griffith '17
Devin Tyler - Christina Gaffney '17
Expert Witness - Reed Wester-Ebbinghaus '17
Frankie Lyman - Manali Joshi  '17

Clerk and Unofficial Timer
Robyn Kazemaini '18
 
Bailiff
Andrew Li '18
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