Mock Trial Strategies

About the Site

Polk County Courthouse, Dallas, Oregon, 1900

Website Designer

   Dennis Gerl

  • Willamette Valley Regional Coordinator for the Classroom Law Project
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • Civil Litigation Attorney (Retired)
  • Part time Educator 
  • J.D., University of Oregon
  • M.Ed., University of Oregon
  • M.Ed. Capstone Project:  Using Relational Models to Teach Higher Thinking Skills
  • B.A. Philosophy,  U.C.S.B
  • Trained in mediation and restorative justice

Why this site was created

Starting new Mock Trial teams, and maintaining existing teams, is a challenge for many schools.  A few schools are lucky enough to be able to offer Mock Trial classes, however, most Mock Trial  teams operate as clubs that meet after school.  These clubs depend on volunteer attorneys whose time is limited. 

The site is intend to help coaches and teams overcome this difficulty by offering readily available educational material, lesson plans, tips, work templates, and resource links. 

The site is also intended for students who want to learn mock trial skills at both the high school and collegiate levels, and have a readily available resource of work templates, educational material and videos to draw on.  Many students transfer the work templates on this site to google docs and work collaboratively from there. 

The site is also intended for teachers, who can use the educational material, lesson plans, templates and resource links in the classroom to help students develop public speaking and trial skills, and, hopefully, to gain a greater understanding, appreciation and interest in our legal system. 

Over the years, due to budgetary issues, many school have found the size of their social studies departments deceasing and public speaking classes, which used to be routinely offered, are now rare.  It is my hope that the web site will not only contribute to the furtherance of Mock Trial competitions, but will also help students learn critical thinking and public speaking skills that they can then use in their lives.

Thank you to the many wonderful teachers, attorneys, judges, and coaches I have worked with.  Thank you also for those who have shared their insight and material with me over the years, including Stan Paulic, Robert Emond and Drew Moneke.

If you found the information helpful, donations to keep it up and running are appreciated. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas as to how to make the site better, or perhaps have lesson plans of your own that you would like to share.  


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