Mock Trial

2023 NYS High School Mock Trial Tournament

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 in person. General coordination of the activities is being provided by the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Program.

High school teams from public and nonpublic schools participate in the tournament, beginning at the county level. In tournament competition, the teams argue both sides of the case and assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Judges, usually local judges, or attorneys, score the teams based on a rating sheet that includes scoring on preparation, performance, and professionalism. The highest scoring team from County Tournaments proceeds to the Regional Competition to perform the Mock Trial against other county winners. The top team from each of New York State’s eight regions is then invited to attend and participate in the State Finals

The NYSBAR Mock Trial Subcommittee has selected a civil case for the competition this year.

SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

For additional information please download the Brochure.

If your school is interested in participating, please contact use for additional information.

Jessica Mocerine and Jennifer Shatz
Co-Coordinators
Rensselaer County Mock Trial Tournament
Jessica Mocerine, Esq.
E-Mail: Jmocerin@nycourts.gov
Jennifer Shatz, Esq.
E-Mail: Jshatz@nycourts.gov

Past Mock Trial Winners

2022

The Hudson Valley Consortium and The Emma Willard School students receiving their team trophies on Law Day at the Rensselaer County Courthouse.

2021

The Emma Willard School 2021 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions

Photo from the 2021 Final between The Emma Willard School and the Hudson Valley Homeschool held via Zoom

Photo from the 2021 Final between The Emma Willard School and the Hudson Valley Homeschool held via Zoom

2020

2020 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions

The Doane Stuart School 2020 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr.

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.

2019

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

2019 Mock Trial Winners

2018

Columbia High School 2018 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with County Court Judge Jennifer Sober

2018 Mock Trial Winners

2017

The Emma Willard School 2017 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with Supreme Court Justice Richard J. McNally, Jr.

2017 Mock Trial Winners

2016

The Doane Stuart School 2016 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions with County Court Judge Andrew Ceresia

2016 Mock Trial Winners

2015

The Doane Stuart School 2015 Rensselaer County Mock Trial Champions