The national mock trial championship was initiated in
1984 in Des Moines, Iowa, with teams from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska
and Wisconsin participating. After the success of the tournament in Iowa, more
states became interested in participating and the tournament became billed as
an "All-State" Tournament.
The competition then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska (1985) and
involved 10 states. Subsequent tournaments have been held in Phoenix, Arizona (1986); Washington, D.C. (1987);
Dallas, Texas (1988); Louisville, Kentucky (1989) - the first "National High School Mock Trial
Championship"; Portland, Oregon (1990); New Orleans, Louisiana (1991); Madison, Wisconsin (1992);
Atlanta, Georgia (1993); Chicago, Illinois (1994); Denver, Colorado (1995); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1996);
Nashville, Tennessee (1997); Albuquerque, New Mexico (1998); St. Louis, Missouri (1999); Columbia, South Carolina (2000);
Omaha, Nebraska (2001); St. Paul, Minnesota (2002); New Orleans, Louisiana (2003); Orlando, Florida (2004); Charlotte, North Carolina (2005); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2006); Dallas, Texas (2007); Wilmington, Delaware (2008), Atlanta, Georgia (2009), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2010), Phoenix, Arizona (2011) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012). The tournament is hosted annually by different states to ensure that the cost of running the tournament doesn't fall
disproportionately on any particular state.
This year's competition in Phoenix, Arizona, included a total of 48 teams including Australia, Guam, South Korea, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands, and State Champion teams from across the country. Future sites include Indianapolis, Indiana (2013) and Madison, Wisconsin (2013).