Thursday, November 14, 2013

Minnesota district chief judge to preside over mock trial

Minnesota Second Judicial District Chief Judge (and 1981 Saint Mary’s University alumna) Teresa (Schultz) Warner will preside over the third annual SMU Saint Mary’s Mock Trial from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. The event will be held in the Common Room.

In this unique learning opportunity, SMU pre-law students will act as the attorneys in a hotly contested case, which mirrors an actual trial. Students will also participate as jurors and witnesses. The mock trial gives SMU pre-law students the opportunity to participate in a litigated case and get trial experience.

Warner serves as the chief judge of the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) and was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1998. She was elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012, and her current term expires in January 2019. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, she served in private practice and then as a Washington County prosecutor before being appointed a judge.

Judge Warner will also be speaking to classes Nov. 22.

The mock trial is hosted by the Business and Social Science Departments. Attendance is open to the SMU community; those interested in learning more about our legal system are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Larry Price at Ext. 1533 or