Mock Trial is a State-wide academic competition in which teams of students try a case as attorneys, witnesses, and support personnel, in real courtrooms in front of actual judges. Janet Hansen, English Dept. Chair, Speech and Debate Coach, and teacher-librarian, is the teacher coach for Mock Trial; Valerie Walter, eminent local attorney, serves as Attorney Coach. Practices/meetings are held one evening, one afternoon, and one lunch hour a week in Fall, with extra practices added after Winter Break.
Sonoma's county competition team is a varsity team with tryouts, cuts, and assignments by coach decision. Junior varsity team members are eligible to travel to all competitions, and may serve as understudies, assistants, or observers for all or part of a season.