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Kansas team to compete in national mock trial tournament

Thursday, May 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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2014 Kansas High School Mock Trial Competition Winners, The Independent School (Wichita). Front row (l-r): Spencer McIntire, Jessica Kieu, Codey Davis, Jason Karlin and Rob Steere. Back row (l-r): John Steere, Luke Banta and Rachel Swank.

Seven students from The Independent School in Wichita will now represent Kansas at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, Wisconsin, beginning today. The Independent team was one of 26 teams that competed in the state competition held in March. The team – Luke Banta, Codey Davis, Jason Karlin, Jessica Kieu, Spencer McIntire, Rob Steere and Rachel Swank – will be accompanied by their coach, John Steere, of The Independent School, and Shawn P. Yancy, KBA mock trial coordinator. Teams from around the country will compete and wrap up competition on Saturday with an awards ceremony.


This year’s national case is Estate of George Romero v. Ashley Williams. Case details and other information about the national completion can be found at The competition is a project of the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section with funding for Kansas regional, state and national competitions provided by the Kansas Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation and Shook Hardy and Bacon LLP. This year’s state competition involved 26 teams and 190 students, and attorney volunteers serving as judges. Learn more about the state competition at