2016 NEW YORK STATEWIDE MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT FINALS
Sunday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 17
Albany, NY

Congratulations to the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament State Champion:

Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Region 2 - Onondaga County

Runner Up:
High School of American Studies
Region 6 - Bronx County
  

The winning teams from each of the eight regional tournaments will arrive in Albany on Sunday, May 15 and will stay at the Hilton Albany (downtown).  Hotel arrangements for all team members (including teacher coaches and attorney advisors) will be made by the New York State Bar's Statewide Coordinator.

The eight teams will compete in the Semi-Final rounds on Monday, May 16 at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. The two top teams will move on to compete in the Final round on Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 am.  The trials will be held at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse, 445 Broadway in Albany.  During Monday afternoon's luncheon, the students will have the opportunity to hear from our Keynote Speaker, Hon. Mae. A. D'Agostino, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.

Please click here to access the entire schedule for May 15-17.  


Those who will be traveling to Albany for the Finals should be aware of the following important information: 

Team members should arrive at the hotel on Sunday, May 15th to check in around 4:00 pm.  Please be advised that if you arrive earlier, your rooms may not be ready immediately upon your arrival.  Keep in mind that the hotel may need time to clean any rooms that were occupied by previous guests from that morning.  Also, there are typically several other large groups in the hotel during this time who are also waiting to check in, so your patience would be appreciated.

The winning teams and their coaches/advisors will be staying at the Hilton Albany located at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207. Be advised that there are typically other events going on in Albany at the same time as our Mock Trial Finals. Guests who plan on traveling to Albany for the Finals should be aware that the Hilton may not have any additional rooms available.  You can check with the other hotels in the downtown Albany area for their availability: Hampton Inn (25 Chapel Street)Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown (74 State Street)Renaissance Albany Hotel (144 State Street) and Holiday Inn Express Albany - Downtown (300 Broadway).

A Winners Packet and a Friends and Family Packet will be provided to each team's coach/advisor explaining everything in more detail. 

All teams MUST attend the Finals on Tuesday, May 17.  Guests are welcome to come to the Semi-Finals and/or the Final rounds, however, be advised that there are space limitations in the courtroom. Team members and NYSBA staff will be seated in the courtroom first.  If there is still room, guests will be allowed into the courtroom.  We cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to be in the courtroom during the trials.   Friends and family can click here for more information.

Everyone entering the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse must pass through a security checkpoint and a metal detector. DO NOT bring any cell phones, cameras, other electronic equipment or any items that will set off the metal detector. Anyone other than attorneys attempting to bring in a cell phone or using it inside the courthouse will result in having the phone confiscated by security, and it will not be returned to you until you leave the courthouse.     

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kim Francis at (518) 487-5611 or kfrancis@nysba.org  


Check back often for updates and more information.  Click here for the most current information about the Finals.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2016 MOCK TRIAL CASE - "People v. Kelly Roberts"

Go to www.nysba.org/mtcase to download all of the following information.


RULE CHANGES

Please be advised that there are some Rule Changes this year.

CORRECTION MEMO #1 - JANUARY 19, 2016

A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

CORRECTION MEMO #2 - JANUARY 29, 2016

A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

CORRECTION MEMO #3 - FEBRUARY 1, 2016

A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

CORRECTION MEMO #4 - FEBRUARY 18, 2016

A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts


Mock Trial Tournament  

In this educational program, co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation, high school students have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Thousands of students participate each year.  Objectives of the tournament are to:  Teach students ethics, civility and professionalism; Further students’ understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system; Improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning; Promote better communication and cooperation among the school community, teachers and students and members of the legal profession, and; Heighten appreciation for academic studies and stimulate interest in law-related careers.    

Learn more about our New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Program.  Click here to view the brochure!  


Get the latest information on the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament

Download the Current Case and Related Correction Memos for this year's Mock Trial Tournament

Attorneys and Judges - Read the New York MCLE Rules for earning CLE credit for Mock Trial

    View Videos of our past Mock Trial Finals 

      Download Mock Trial Case Archives 

        County Coordinators - Get Important Information for the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament 

          View the "Mock Trial 101" Training Video 


          Other Things to Check Out!    

          You'll find the most up to the minute case, tournament, and MTSI information on the Facebook site. 

            The ABA has great Mock Trial scripts for elementary aged classes available in their online store.   Assistance is available to teachers for purchase of the ABA materials. 

              Check out this great bit on Sesame Street featuring Justice Sotomayor here. And the ABA article regarding the Justice's appearance. 

                If you are interested in starting a Mock Trial Team at your school, contact Kim Francis at kfrancis@nysba.org 

                  The New York Bar Foundation provides funding for this program in conjunction with The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.     



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