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Winning History

La Reina Mock Trial was established in 1990 and over the course of it’s 27 year history, the team has captured:

21 County Championships

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, in conjunction with the Ventura County Office of Education, hosts the Ventura County Mock Trial Championship In the last week of February at the Hall of Justice in Ventura, California each year. In its 27 year history of participating in the competition, La Reina has been the Ventura County Champions 21 times.  "We live in an area that boasts many excellent Mock Trial programs", says coach, Liz Harlacher. "Twenty nine Ventura County schools offer the program which uses area attorneys to teach and mentor students in the study of law". Ventura County's Mock Trial program has been called the top in the state, boasting hundreds of Superior, Appellate, and Federal court attorneys and judges who volunteer hundreds of hours each year to the program that teaches leadership skills to high school students in the community.

4 State Championships

On March 23, 2013, La Reina Mock Trial made history by becoming the first team in the state to ever win three consecutive State Championship Titles, and the only  California team to win the Constitutional Rights Foundation's competition four times, in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Coach, Liz Harlacher, attributes the teams' success to the work ethic of the students and to their ability to adapt to unexpected in-round situations. "The most important thing I teach is that successful people make mistakes but when they fall dawn they hop right back up and keep moving until the goal that they have set has been reached."

2 World Titles

The Empire World Championship is a tournament open to State and Nationals champions and to at-large teams who have shown a record of consistent success over a five year period of their competition history. 

La Reina Mock Trial entered the World Championship as "Team California" for the first time in 2011 when benefactors donated the funds to make the trip possible for the State Champion's team to enter. At the end of the tournament, Team California emerged the winner.

The next year, in 2012, La Reina made history by marking the first time any team won the World Champion title for the second time. La Reina will enter the October 2013 World Championship as Team California, defending champion.

National Finalist in 2013

The HSMTC (High School National Mock Trial Championship) is open to State Champions. La Reina has had the honor of representing the state of California four times over the last 6 years. 

In 2013, La Reina Mock Trial won all preliminary rounds and for the first time in four tripts to the National stage, entered the final round of competition the top seeded team in America. In a Championship round that was argued beautifully by both teams competing,   and on a split decision 4/3, team California came in second to the National champion team: New Mexico. 

La Reina Mock Trial hopes to get the opportunity to vie for the National title again in 2014.

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