Creighton Prep Repeats Mock Trial Victory 12/18/17 12/20/17 3:17:58 PM
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|United States District Judge John Gerrard (left) congratulates the victorious Creighton Prep team: James Justice (teacher/coach), Dominic Mendlik, Peter Owens, Jaliya Nagahawatte, Graham Laughlin, Isaiah Mueller, Nolan Drain, Patrick Gillaspie, and lawyer coaches Patrick Cooper and Mark Laughlin.
Creighton Prep Repeats Mock Trial Victory
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Judge Lyle Strom Nebraska State High School Mock Trials are over and Creighton Prep has emerged victorious for the second year in a row.
Each year, a group of Nebraska attorneys research and author an original case. This year’s case was a timely one, addressing the possible effects of the use of social media.
Creighton Prep edged out Scotus Central Catholic in the final round. Prep was coached by attorneys Mark Laughlin and Patrick Cooper along with Prep teacher James Justice, who took over this year for longtime coach Mike Shreeves, who retired.
The victory was no fluke for Laughlin and Cooper. Before coming to Prep two years ago, they coached Duchesne Academy to a national title and a national runner-up finish.
Laughlin said this year’s competitors represented a great variety of large and small schools from across the state. He said that this year’s team included three students from last year’s team.
Final results were: State Champion Creighton Prep; State Runner-up Scotus Central Catholic; and 3rd through 12th Place teams: Ogallala; Gering; Dundy County Stratton; Skutt Catholic; Grand Island Northwest, York, Lutheran High Northeast; HTRS; Bellevue West; and Ainsworth.
The Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 Case Committee are United States District Judge John Gerrard and Nebraska Court of Appeals Judge Riko Bishop. Judge Karen Flowers, Ret., is the committee chair. Members also included Lincoln attorneys Stan Beeder, Kristi Egger-Brown, Stephanie Hupp, and Joel Nelson; Omaha attorney Michael Gooch; and Seward attorneys Lory Pasold and Tina Marroquin.
The Creighton Prep team will compete in the national competition in Reno, Nev., in the spring of 2018. They will begin preparing for it when they receive their case packets on April 1.