The Evolution of Stillwater Area Mock Trial Team

Mitchell Sell, the newest attorney addition to Eckberg Lammers, has had ties to the firm since 2013. After taking a law and justice at Stillwater Area High School in 10th grade, Mitchell and a few friends decided they wanted to expand their experience with the legal sector beyond the classroom. As Stillwater did not have a mock trial team at the time, Mitchell and another student approached shareholder Tom Weidner in the spring of 2013 with the concept of starting Stillwater Area High School’s Mock Trial Program. The firm agreed to sponsor the team’s expenses, provided coaching, mentorship, and a meeting location.

In its inaugural year, the team advanced and won the Region 8 Championship. They went to the state finals in Duluth, going undefeated in the first two rounds and ultimately taking seventh place. The following year, the team built upon its success and was the runner-up in the state finals. With the program now in its eighth year, founding member Mitchell Sell, as a recent law school graduate and newest attorney at Eckberg Lammers, will take over mentorship of the team.

“The Stillwater Mock Trial Team was such an instrumental program in developing both my interest and skills in the legal field,” Mitchell said. “Not only was being on the team a great experience, it unlocked countless networking and career opportunities for me throughout high school, college, and law school.”

Although the mock trial program and state tournament will be different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitchell remains enthusiastic. “I’m thrilled to be back at Eckberg Lammers and can’t wait to begin working with students in the program that gave so much to me,” he says.

The Mock Trial Program is conducted through the Minnesota State Bar Association. It introduces students to the legal system and provides an in-depth knowledge of all facets of a case. Each year a new case and fact pattern are prepared and presented to students. In 2019, the program had over 70 teams throughout the state.

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