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What is Mock Trial? Mock Trial is an activity in which students learn the principles of trial advocacy and then apply those principles as they try a fictitious case. Students that are involved in Mock Trial foster an increased self-confidence, improved analytical and speaking skills and the ability to work well with others – not to mention it’s a lot of fun.

Like a real legal team, La Reina’s Mock Trial team spends several afternoons each week mastering state and federal rules of evidence, practicing proper courtroom procedure, figuring out facts on both the Prosecution and Defense sides of the case at bar, and devising case theory based on the facts supplied by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Students learn how vital team-work is as they compete against teams from California, other high schools from every state in the US, and  6 foreign countries, in tournaments held in real Superior and Federal courthouses.

La Reina Mock Trial was established in 1990 and over the course of its 23 year history, the team has captured:

  • 18 Ventura County Championship titles
  • 4 State Championships (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2 World Championship titles (2011, 2012)
  • National Finalist in 2013

Meet the Coaches

Mrs. Liz Harlacher
Head Coach

Mr. Ron Bamieh
Bamieh-Erikson Law Firm 

Ms. Roxanne Torabian-Bashardoust
Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth, and Wynner

Ms. Gretchen Buchsenschuetz
Department of Justice in Los Angeles 

Ms. Danielle De Smeth
Bamieh-Erikson Law Firm 

Mrs. Jean Wentz
Wentz Law Firm 


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