SCHENECTADY COUNTY HOME-SCHOOL TEAM WINS STATE MOCK
ALBANY— A team of home-schooled students from Schenectady
County won the statewide mock trial championship this week, defeating
the Bronx High School of Science team.
The Loving Education at Home (LEAH) Schenectady Homeschool and Bronx
teams faced off in the fictional case of Pat Parker vs. The Village of
Empireville and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Empireville. The
case involved an individual suing his village over a parking ban
The LEAH Schenectady team - Laura Brincat, Michelle Brincat,
Rebecca Cambron, Jon Panzera, Caleb Trouwborst and Leah Trouwborst
– is the first Capital District team to win the state championship
since 1995. The team made it to the semi-finals in 2006 and 2010.
This year’s team was coached by teacher Thomas Trouwborst and
attorneys Lauren Mack and John Lockwood, both of the Schenectady County
Public Defender’s Office.
United States Magistrate Judge Randolph E. Treece presided over the
finals at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse in Albany on May
At the start of the season in December 2010, more than 300 high
school teams from across New York began preparing and presenting their
case in local tournaments. Local county winners then moved on to
regional tournaments. Six regional winners went on to compete in the
state championship in Albany.
The New York Mock Trial High School Tournament is administered by the
Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar
Association. It is supported by the New York Bar Foundation. It is one
of the largest mock trial competitions in the country.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in
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