Friday, March 11, 2016

Prof. Fortson coordinates 2016 Alaska high school mock trial competition

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the State Coordinator for the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition.

At this year's annual competition held March 3-5, he was one of numerous judges, lawyers, and non-lawyer volunteers for the event held in Anchorage at the Boney Courthouse.  The competition is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association and the Alaska Court System.

Over 50 students from high schools in Southcentral, Southeast, and Interior Alaska participated. Sitka  High School, Team 1, won this year's competition; West Anchorage High School, Team 1, was the runner-up.

Each team participated in four preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-finals round for the top four teams. The finals were held before a panel of five Alaska Court System judges from all levels of the judiciary.

District Court Judge Jennifer Stuart Henderson swears in witnesses at 2014 event.