The high school mock trial team recently participated in the Nassau County Bar Association 2018 Mock Trial Tournament. Students gained an in-depth understanding of the justice system and valuable experience by preparing for both sides of a case. Performing as the prosecution and defense, students learned many skills and were able to have an authentic legal experience acting as attorneys and witnesses. 

Teams prepared and presented opening and closing statements, along with direct and cross-examinations. Students portraying witnesses prepared for questioning by their own attorneys as well as by the opposing team’s attorney. 

“Participating in mock trial gives students a unique opportunity to learn specific legal skills such as using objections, creating arguments, and learning courtroom procedures,” explained social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé. “Presenting all materials and skills learned in preparation for the tournament made for an exciting and rewarding experience for student participants.” While preparing for the tournament, students also had the opportunity to work alongside actual attorneys, enhancing the educational value of the process.

The team narrowly won the first round and was defeated in a close call in the second round. Advisor John Baglione guided the students, who were well prepared for the tournament. 

Congratulations to team members Bobby Carroll, Lisa Cheung, Sydney Collings, Julia Forte, William Holowchak, Zosia Lemaitre, Caroline Martocci, Beatrix Postley, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.