Academic Competitions

With financial support from the Foundation, competitions such as Mock Trial and CSI Arizona give students the opportunity to meet with other students from around the state to showcase what they have learned in the classroom. They offer students an opportunity for personal growth and achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, teamwork and sportsmanship. In addition to teaching students about contemporary public issues and the legal system, the programs encourage teachers and students to develop learning partnerships with professionals from the community. Attorneys, judges, police and probation officers, legislators and community officials participate in the classroom and at the competitions to bring the law to life for competing students. These linkages between the schools and the legal profession show students that the community is committed to their educational success. In the end, the programs produce more competent, informed, participating citizens with greater access to justice.