High School Mock Trial
Rick Lewkowitz has been teaching a mock trial course at Country Day since the fall of 2017. He also coaches their mock trial team. In 2018 he coached that school’s program to its first ever Sacramento County Championship.
Before coming to Country Day, Rick had nearly 20 years experience as an attorney coach for high school mock trial. From 2003 – 2017, he was the attorney coach for Elk Grove High School Mock Trial. In that role he helped that program win one state championship, finish twice as runner-up for the state championship, and win nine county championships. In 2014 the Constitutional Rights Foundation (the organization that runs the state’s high school mock trial program) named him the recipient of the award that year for “Adult Advocate of the Year” (In other words: High School Mock Trial Coach of the Year for the entire state).
For the past four years he has also served as the attorney coach for the UC Davis Undergraduate Mock Trial Team. In his first year as their coach he helped guide them to qualify to compete in the 2016 National Collegiate Championship Tournament for the first time in the school’s history. They repeated that lofty feat again in 2017 and 2019. Finally, he has frequently helped teach trial advocacy to law students at UC Davis, Stanford University, and the University of Pacific.
Rick’s retired from his first career as a prosecuting attorney in Sacramento in 2013. The last 25 years as a prosecutor he served as a Supervising Deputy DA. During his career he was the recipient of multiple awards for his efforts in combating both domestic violence and child abuse. While still a prosecutor he taught a wide range of courses to prosecutors throughout California with the California District Attorneys Association and throughout the United States with the National District Attorneys Association.
Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Santa Clara University. While there, he served as the University’s Varsity Tennis Team Captain. After Santa Clara’s graduation he attended law school at the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. He has been happily married to his wife for 43 years. They are the proud parents of three adult children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.