The Mock Trial club calls a new supervisor to the stand

Layla Demir '24, Copy Editor

LEADING THE PLEADING Student leadership member Tadhg Sahutske ’23 discusses the upcoming case with her witness, Fletcher Klaasen ’23, under the supervision of new adviser Bailey Rothe. (Grace Wininger ’23)

As of this year, members of South’s Mock Trial team have given a warm welcome to their new supervisor, Bailey Rothe, who is also currently a teacher in the social studies department. Rothe has previous experience as an English as well as a social studies teacher, meaning she feels well suited for the responsibilities that accompany her new role.

The club’s original supervisor, Peter Palen, was unable to participate this year due to scheduling conflicts. He encouraged Rothe to take on the club, and after considering the aspects that appealed to her, Rothe decided to join the club.

“It was that idea of public speaking, analyzing something and drawing conclusions that really appealed to me,” Rothe said.

People typically believe that those who join the club only do so to build a foundation in hopes of practicing law in the future. Tadgh Sahutske ‘23, captain and four-year member of the club, disagrees.

“That’s not the case for a lot of the people in Mock Trial,” Sahutske said. “A lot of them join for the drama aspect of it, and others think it’s just something cool to be a part of.”

Sahutske gives credit to Rothe for her skills and knowledge of the English language as a former English teacher, citing the importance of case delivery outside knowledge of the law. This allows the lawyers to present substantial evidence to the judge in a concise manner that appeals in their clients’ best interest.

“It’s writing these opening and closing statements that will really have an emotional impact on the judges,” Sahutske said.

Jade Mabry ’24, is one of the club’s newest members who encourages those who aren’t already involved to get involved. She also said that the club discussions are very open-minded, and that everyone is given the chance to express their thoughts and opinions, as well as grow closer to the other members through shared interests. The club has been very flexible and understanding of their members’ busy schedules by trying to meet on days that work best for them.

“It’s not super time-consuming, and it’s a great way to talk to people you probably haven’t spoken to before,” Mabry said.

Participation from students is needed for many clubs at South, but it is especially important for those in Mock Trial who hope to take the team to states.

“If anyone wants to join, we are low on witnesses,” Sahutske said.

Mock Trial meetings take place every Thursday after school and last about an hour.

“I would encourage anyone who is still interested in joining, even if they don’t want to be a permanent member of the team this year,” Rothe said.