Benton County High School Mock Trial Competition

This weekend Ashley White and I drove down to the Benton County Courthouse in Kennewick, Washington (the Tri Cities) to judge local high school trial teams in their mock trial regional finals.

I participated in two mock trials and was able to give (what I at least thought was) constructive feedback to the participants and to give them numerical scores for their respective roles in each trial. Boy were we amazed at the talent we saw this weekend. Some of these kids (or young adults, if you prefer) are absolutely rising stars and far more advanced in their goals for the future than I ever was at their ages.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially Judge Burrowes. It was a great time and we will surely be back next year. Here is a link to the article about the event:


Jacob Smith is an associate attorney at the law firm of Calbom & Schwab in Moses Lake, WA and represents injured plaintiffs and workers. Jacob is a lifelong resident of Washington State and enjoys fishing, going to Seahawks games, keeping up to date on the latest legal news, and spending time with his family.