LEAP has always championed mock trial in Philadelphia, with Central High School winning the first citywide competition among a handful
of schools (circa 1981).

The mock trial program was the brainchild of then LEAP Executive Director Beth Farnbach. By 1984, Beth was working with Camille Kostelac Cherry, then of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, to create a statewide competition that today involves hundreds of teams and thousands of students.

LEAP provided the problems for the state competition through the 2007 competition when a night law student named Jon Grode drafted that year's materials for then LEAP Executive Director Roberta West. Grode has been involved in every problem since and look where things have gone...