2021 High School Mock Trial Tournament
The Emma Willard School 2021 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Tournament Champions
The High School Mock Trial competition was entirely virtual this year. Five Rensselaer County High Schools, including Emma Willard, Doane Stuart, Hudson Valley Home School Consortium, La Salle and Columbia High School, competed entirely over the Bar Association Zoom account. Despite a few glitches, the trials were very successful, and we are very grateful to our members who served as judges, including Arthur Frost, Michael Conway, Anne Conrad, Judge Elizabeth Walsh, Judge Linda Blom Johnson, Michael Shanley, Kyle Petit and Judge Richard McNally, who always volunteers to preside over the final round of competition.
Our congratulations go out to all the students especially County champion Emma Willard School. Many of the students on this team were not able to travel to their school, and therefore, practiced and competed from various countries all over the world, and still won the County Competition. Very impressive.
Rensselaer County also hosted a virtual Regional Tournament for Albany, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties, again, entirely over Zoom. We were very proud to showcase Rensselaer County Judges including County Court Judges Jennifer Sober and Deborah Young, and Rensselaer City Court Judges Kathleen Robichaud Linda Johnson, who volunteered their time and their expertise, and provided the students with an excellent learning opportunity.
Many counties opted out of the competition this year, so we are very proud that the students, the Judges and this Association took on this challenge and were able to accomplish all that we did.
Rensselaer County Mock Trial
The New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Program and the New York Bar Foundation, in conjunction with the Rensselaer County Bar Association, are pleased to announce that New York’s Annual High School Mock Trial Tournament for senior high school students (grades 9-12) will be held virtually this winter. General coordination of the activities is being provided by the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Program.
The NYSBAR Mock Trial Subcommittee has selected a case for the competition. They are in the process of updating the case and working on the rules for a virtual tournament. They expect to be able to provide County Coordinators with an electronic version of the case and the rules around the first week of December, which should then be distributed to participating schools. Printed copies of the case will not be distributed this year.
SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY RESPONSIBILITIES
Senior high schools in Rensselaer County wishing to participate may enter a single team of at least eight students, headed by one or more teacher-coaches. Other students can participate by serving as back-ups to members of the school’s first team. Junior high school students (grade 8 or below) will not be eligible for this year’s tournament. We recommend that a team have several additional students to act as substitutes, when the need arises.
Selection of team members (three attorneys, three witnesses), two back-ups, and the coach/coaches are the responsibility of the school, as is transportation to and from the contest sites. The Tournament is open to all students currently in grades 9-12. If a school chooses to limit student participation for reasons of supervision or safety, this should be accomplished through an equitable try-out system, not through disallowing participation by one or more entire grades. Each team entered in the Mock Trial Competition is expected to conduct several practice sessions prior to the contest.
This is how the 2021 virtual tournament will be run:
- Have county-based competitions (with scoring)
- Compete to determine the county winners
- Have a statewide competition with the top county winners
- Compete to determine a statewide champion
For further information please contact us via email below.
We look forward to your school’s participation in this outstanding educational program.
Very truly yours,
Jessica Mocerine and Jennifer Shatz
Rensselaer County Mock Trial Tournament
Jessica Mocerine, Esq.
Jennifer Shatz, Esq.
Past Mock Trial Winners
Rensselaer County Mock Trial was fortunate to complete the countywide tournament before the New York State Bar Association cancelled the Statewide 2020 Tournament Mock Trial Tournament due to the public health threat presented by COVID-19.
The Doane Stuart School 2019 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr. along with co-coordinators Jessica Mocerine and Jennifer Shatz
Columbia High School 2018 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with County Court Judge Jennifer Sober
The Emma Willard School 2017 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr.
The Doane Stuart School 2016 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with County Court Judge Andrew Ceresia
The Doane Stuart School 2015 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions