Macon Telegraph Mock Trial Article 03312013.pdfMiddle Georgia High School Mock Trial Team

Last Year's Region Finalists!


Since 1988, over 1,200 teams from Georgia's public and private schools have participated in the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition.

Coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers, teams of 14 students (aged 14‐19) work together to prepare their presentations from case materials provided by the High School Mock Trial Committee (part of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia, the organization governing the practice of law in this state).

In the competition phase, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the evidence and witness statements. Professional attorneys or judges serve as the presiding judges and juror/evaluators. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case.

Adding to the authenticity of the competition, teams compete in actual courtrooms across the state beginning with the regional competitions. Regional winners gather in Lawrenceville, Ga., to compete for the state title and a chance to advance to the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

Why Join Mock Trial?

Here are just a few reasons: Fun, fellowship, food, trips, school course credit, and Georgia Law Honor Society. Training in legal processes and procedures, public speaking, debate, drama, analytical thinking, teamwork, and improvisation. Learn how to use Google apps and technologies. Get a College Transcripts, membership in the UGA Law Academy, Junior Bar Association, and much more!


Team Eligibility and Fees

The Middle Georgia Christian Mock Trial Team is open to all students between the ages of 14-19 who are members of a local Christian home school association.

The cost to join the team is $35.00. (The fee is the same for all members, including alternates). This fee helps to cover team registration, training materials, membership in the Georgia Law Honor Society (must be a junior or senior with a 3.5 GPA), honor cords for graduation, website and domain maintenance, and team trips to scrimmages.

Schedule and Meeting Locations

The season will begin in late September (with an informational meeting for parents and prospective members) and go through early February (longer if we win the region).

We plan to have most meetings at Emmanuel Church in Macon (directions will be provided). When the schedule becomes final it will be posted to our website. Once the season begins we will meet on most Tuesday and Thursday evenings from about 7-9pm (subject to change). If parents are driving their kids they may drop them off or wait for them in one of the nearby lobby areas.

We plan to communicate all information through our website and/or team member email addresses so it is important to check your email. Due to the extensive preparation needed for the regional competitions it is important for all team members to attend all meetings and practices (exceptions permitted for sickness or family emergency).

For students interested in serving as alternates only (but who want the benefits of team membership) a reduced participation requirement can be arranged.

Contact Richard Ricks For More Information
Richard@MGALaw.Org  478.335.7777

Team Coaches

mtt2.jpgOur team has been very fortunate to have Mr. Peter Allen as our attorney coach for the past two seasons. A partner in the litigation section at Martin Snow, Mr. Allen pursues a general practice touching upon several different areas of law. Since beginning his practice, Mr. Allen has handled various personal injury cases and other matters under the broad rubric of "insurance defense," as well as contested cases arising in the areas of commercial, probate, and property law. He has also taken a number of these cases through appeal, and has himself argued cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Allen is a 1991 graduate of the University of Georgia, obtaining at that time a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and earning the two]fold academic distinction of graduating summa cum laude and as a First Honor Graduate. He continued his studies at the University in Athens and earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1996 and his Master of Arts in History in 1998, the latter coming after he began fulltime employment with the firm. Mr Allen and his wife attend Mabel White Baptist Church.

mtt3.jpgMr. Richard Ricks has served as our teacher coach for the past two seasons. This is Mr. Ricks seventh year of involvement with the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition and his seventeenth year as a homeschooling parent. Over the past twenty years, he has held the positions of President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Information Officer for a variety of organizations. Mr. Ricks currently provides CFO consulting services through his company Stratepix. Mr. Ricks received an MBA with highest honors from Georgia College & State University and a BS in Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has also completed post-graduate studies at The Stanford Graduate School of Business, The Kellogg Graduate School of Management and The Wharton School.

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