Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer

Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer


April 25, 2019

Government Relations and Public Affairs
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Media Advisory:
Maryland Court of Appeals hosts Mock Trial State Championship

Maryland’s top high school mock trial teams will face off before Court of Appeals Judge Michele D. Hotten on Friday, April 26, in the 2019 Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Mock Trial State Championship. The championship will be held in the Maryland Court of Appeals historic courtroom in Annapolis.

The championship is the culmination of the 2019 mock trial competition. High school teams have been arguing this year’s case in courts throughout the state since January. Winners at local levels advanced to regionals, and the top four teams are competing today in Annapolis at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. Several hundred attorneys, judges, and magistrates volunteer for the program each year.

WHAT: The 2019 MSBA Mock Trial State Championship

WHO: Court of Appeals Judge Michele D. Hotten, presiding

Competing will be the winners of the semifinals, which are being held today, Thursday, April 25, at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, with Court of Special Appeals Judge Douglas R.M. Nazarian and Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Stacy W. McCormack presiding. The semifinalists are: James M. Bennett High School (Wicomico County); Beth Tfiloh High School (Baltimore County); Richard Montgomery High School (Montgomery County); and Baltimore City College (Baltimore).

WHEN: Friday, April 26, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Maryland Court of Appeals, Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401

NOTE: Please contact the Maryland Judiciary’s Government Relations and Public Affairs Division by email at if you want to attend. Cameras will be permitted before and after the arguments, which will start at 10 a.m. The arguments will be shown via live webcast on the Judiciary website,

The mock trial competition is sponsored by Maryland Youth & the Law (MYLAW) in partnership with the MSBA and the Maryland Judiciary.