What are the dates of the 2014 National Championship?
May 8-10 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Where will the 2014 National Championship be held?
A majority of the events will take place at the Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club just off the square in downtown Madison. Additional rooms will be available at the Best Western Inn at the Park and Hilton Hotel, which are also within walking distance of all venues. The Dane County Courthouse and Wisconsin State Capitol will be used for the tournament rounds.
How do I register a team to compete in the 2014 National Championship?
All tournament registration forms must be completed online by April 11, 2014. All payments, including a $500 tournament registration fee per team and fees for events, meals, and t-shirts must be received by April 18, 2014. Once the registration process has been completed and all fees received, a team is eligible to compete in the National Championship.
How is the "official team" determined at the National Tournament?
The Official Mock Trial Team is determined by the State Coordinator. Each "official team" includes six to eight student team members; one primary teacher coach; one primary attorney coach; and the State Mock Trial Coordinator (or his/her designee) for a total maximum of 11 members of the "Official" Team. (See Rule 3.2)
Will the "official team" receive free tickets to tournament events?
Yes. The Host Committee will provide up to 11 members of the official team with free passes to the Thursday evening Pin Exchange, Friday night event, lunches on Friday and Saturday, and the Saturday evening Awards Banquet and Gala. Other individuals may purchase tickets to those events on a first-come, first-served basis.
How can parents, observers and others purchase tickets to events?
Tickets to events may be purchased by observers and parents through the team's registration record online. All additional ticket purchases must be entered into the registration system by April 11 to reserve space. Tickets to all events must be pre-paid. Checks, cash or money orders are the only acceptable forms of payment. Checks should be made payable to The State Bar of Wisconsin. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks. The State Coordinator for each state will be responsible for overseeing the registration process for their official team.
When and how will the National case materials be distributed for the 2014 Championship?
The case materials will be posted online at http://nationalmocktrial2014.wisbar.org on April 1, at 12:01 a.m. The host site director will email all State Coordinators notifying them that the case has been posted. State Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the team from their state receives the information in a timely manner. Hard copies of the case materials are not available from the Host State.
Who judges the Championship?
Any attorney or judge that has previously judged a minimum of two rounds of mock trial is invited to participate as a judge. State Coordinators are encouraged to invite qualified persons from their state to attend the National Championship as judging panel members. All information regarding judging, including case materials, rules, and tournament information will be distributed to judges online. Communication with judging panel members will be via email. Judges will be provided with hard copies of the Case Materials, Rules of Evidence, Rules of the Competition, and Judging Guidelines at the Championship. An orientation for all judges will be provided prior to each round of the Championship.
When will we get our score sheets?
Score sheets will be available for pick-up by the State Coordinator or his/her designee from 8-10 a.m. on Sunday, May 11, at the Registration Desk on the second floor of the Concourse Hotel. Per the National Board's policy, the score sheets will be locked away after the final round and will not be distributed to anyone, regardless of the reason, until Sunday morning. The State Coordinator, or his/her designee, is the ONLY person who may pick up score sheets on Sunday morning. If the State Coordinator or designee is unavailable, the team's score sheets will be mailed to the State Coordinator. THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOT BE AMENDED FOR ANY REASON.
Who is responsible for communicating with the National Host Site Director?
Each State Coordinator (or their designee) is responsible for submitting inquiries regarding case materials or other tournament information from the state team to the Host Director. Teams should filter ALL inquiries through their State Coordinator or their designee to ensure there is a single point of contact for each state.
What can we do in Madison?
Madison has a wonderful array of shopping, restaurants, outdoor activities, and attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. State Street, which is one block from the hotel, is closed to cars and provides a variety of dining and shopping options. View the online Madison Visitor's Guide or order a free copy http://www.visitmadison.com/plan/request-information/.
Are there other great areas in Wisconsin to visit?
YES! The "Waterpark Capital of the World" is 45 minutes away. There are beautiful state parks with hiking, kayaking, mountain bike trails and camping all within 45 minutes of Madison. Circus World, now a museum of the American Circus was once the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers. And Taliesin, home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, is less than an hour away. For a very unusual day, visit the nearby House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, or Mustard Museum.
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