By Jill Tucker | SF Chronicle
San Francisco’s Balboa High School mock trial team took first place
in the city’s annual mock trial competition, the first school other than
Lowell or School of the Arts to win the competition since 2007.
The panel of scorers, which included Superior Court Judge Braden
Woods and Hastings Law Professor Eumi Lee, unanimously selected Balboa’s
team as the clear winner, according to Wesley Spowhn, of the law firm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, whose attorneys coached the Balboa
The winning team of 25 students was commended for their pretrial
argument on Miranda rights, cross examinations and witness performances.
The students have been practicing weekly since September, memorizing
witness lines and attorney arguments, said the team’s adviser, English
teacher Minauti Dave.
“They were ecstatic,” Dave said Friday. “It’s unfathomable how they
did this with their heavy load of school work and their extracurricular
The competition finals took place in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the
Northern California Federal Courthouse with the winner announced
The Balboa team will represent the city at the state championship in Riverside later this month.