Mock Trial team completes season


This winning drawing, by Courtroom Artist Esther Grover ’19 depicts the school’s Mock Trial team during a defense round.

Caitlin Chung

The Mock Trial team ended their season after a loss to Monroe High School in the quarterfinals Nov. 28.
They ranked within the top twelve high schools that competed in the annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial competition, which took place at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

Additionally, courtroom artist Esther Grover ’19 received a Los Angeles courtroom artist award from the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Her drawing will be going to the state competition The results will be announced later this year.

“I’m really happy I won,” Grover said. “It’s nice getting recognition for doing something I genuinely enjoy doing and it was fun going and supporting the team.”

The Mock Trial team began preparing for the competition in September, and has worked on the same case throughout the entire season.
This year’s case involved making a criminal threat and the false reporting of different emergencies.

“I think it’s a pretty big accomplishment for a team that relies solely on after school practices and the willingness of members to work on their own,” co-captain and defense attorney Lucy Kim ’19 said. “I remember I had a seven hour Skype call with my defense team before our trial because all of us got so involved that we wanted to make sure we did everything perfectly.”

Overall, the members of the team said they felt their season was successful and are excited with the team’s results and experience.

“It was a great season with a ton of hard work,” officer Jacob Lapin ’19 said. “Each year we get so close to winning and I’m so proud of my team.”w