|LACS MOCK TRIAL TEAM RULES
They missed the Mock Trial Regional finals by one point.
Arguing in the New York State Bar Association’s Central New York Regional Tournament, the Lehman Alternative Community School team lost in the semi-final round by only one point in an intense day-long competition against 12 other high school teams at the Syracuse Federal Courthouse on April 16.
This was the second competition this month for the LACS team, led by senior captain, Emily Murphy and advised by lawyer-turned-teacher Michael Nardi. LACS earlier won the Tompkins County Mock Trial Tournament, beating out teams from Ithaca High School and Newfield High School on April 1 in another day-long tournament held in the Ithaca Town Courthouse with Judge Joseph Cassidy of County Court and Judge Scott Miller of Ithaca City Court. LACS won the Tompkins County competition for the second year in a row, continuing LACS’ long participation and many county championships in Mock Trial.
In the regional competition, LACS beat last year’s regional champion, Thomas A. Proctor High School, and lost by one point to the eventual tournament winner, Horseheads High School, for the right to go to the semi-finals. In the semi-final round, Judge Vanessa Bogan of Syracuse City Court praised both LACS and its opponent, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, noting that these high school students were, at points, better prepared than some lawyers she heard argue. Judge Bogan shared with the students how hard it was to award the round by a single point to Fayetteville.
The Mock Trial tournament is a program of the New York State Bar Association, intending to give high school students an opportunity to understand the justice system with a year-long practical exercise exploring constitutional rights, legal systems, history and argumentation - giving students the chance to understand the law both as lawyers and as witnesses. This year’s exercise involved a drug suppression hearing. LACS fielded a prosecution team consisting of lawyers Emily Murphy, Sophie Fields and Alec Simmons and witnesses Liam Stark, Maggie LaChance, Eh Tha Youi Lee and Pierre St. Perez. Its defense team included lawyers Caitlin Mallory, August Ryan and Ella Louise with witnesses played by Lucas Van Dee, Ian Cullings, Calvin Van Dee and Joshua Machlin.
To learn more, contact the team Advisor Michael Nardi.