ALBANY-Six top mock trial teams from high schools across the state will face off in Albany on May 21st and 22nd for the New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament Finals.
This year's semi-finalists are:
• Region I, Clarence High School, Erie County
• Region II, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Onondaga County
• Region III, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School, Schenectady County
• Region IV, Nyack High School, Rockland County
• Region V, Townsend Harris High School, Queens County
• Region VI, William Floyd High School, Suffolk County
Teams will argue the fictional case of People of the State of New York vs. P.J. Long. The case involves a defendant charged with assault in the second degree.
New York State Court of Appeals Judge Robert S. Smith will preside over the final round at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse in Albany on May 22nd. The event is open to the public.
The mock trial season began in December 2011, when more than 300 high school teams from across New York began preparing and presenting their cases in local tournaments. Local county winners then moved on to regional tournaments. Regional winners will compete in Monday's semi-finals.
The New York Mock Trial High School Tournament has been administered by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association since 1982. 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 1876.
Contact: Brandon Vogel