NYS Mock Trial Finals Information

NYS Mock Trial State Finals
Sunday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Albany, NY


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

Accommodations

The teams and their coaches will be staying at the Hilton Albany in downtown Albany (www.hiltonalbany.com)  The State Bar Coordinator will arrange a room block for team members and State Bar staff.  All reservations for team members must go through the Coordinator. Teams are not allowed to make their own reservations.

Meals

Meals will be provided for all team members during the State Finals. This will include dinner on Sunday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday.

Friends and Family Members

The coach for each team attending the State Finals is provided with a Friends and Family Letter providing detailed information to distribute to the parents. Click here for a copy of the letter.

Friends and family who will be attending the Finals are responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodations and meals and may not participate in any of the meals provided for the Mock Trial team members. There are several places to eat within walking distance of the Hilton, as well as in the hotel itself. 

Rooms may be available at the Hilton Albany, however, friends and family may not reserve a room in our room block.

Click here for a map of the immediate area which shows the location of the Hilton as well as some other nearby hotels.

  • Hampton Inn (25 Chapel Street)

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown (74 State Street)

  • Renaissance Albany Hotel (144 State Street)

  • Holiday Inn Express Albany - Downtown (300 Broadway)  

Announcements and Awards Ceremony

For your planning purposes or to help you in any decision making, the part that the students look forward to (and that generates the most excitement) is the announcement of the two teams who are moving on to the Finals, which happens following a short award ceremony during dinner on Monday evening (around 8:00 pm).  Guests are welcome to join us for this, however, no meal will be provided for them.  Seating is reserved for the teams, but guests are welcome to stand in the back of the room during the ceremony.

Team Check-In

Team members should arrive at the hotel on Sunday, May 13 between 3:00-5:00 pm. The Coach must check in with the State Bar Coordinator at the Registration table in the lobby upon arrival.

Media Release Form

All team members (students, coaches and advisors), must sign a Media Release Form which has been provided to each team's coach. The signed forms should be given to the State Bar Coordinator upon arrival at the hotel.  Click here to download the Media Release Form.

Schedule for the State Finals

Click here to access the entire schedule.

The Trials / James T. Foley Federal Courthouse (United States District Court)

Click here for a map with directions to/from the Hilton and Courthouse)

All trials will be held at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse, 445 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207.  Friends and family of the winning teams are welcome to come to the courthouse and watch the Semi-Final rounds on Monday.  All teams MUST attend the Final round on Tuesday.  Guests are welcome to attend, however, team members will have priority seating in the courtroom.  

IMPORTANT!  Everyone entering the Federal Courthouse must pass through a security checkpoint and a metal detector. Do not bring any equipment or items that will set it off. Leave all electronics such as cameras, cell phones and smart watches in your room or vehicle. Practicing attorneys and the State Bar Staff are the only ones allowed to bring a cell phone into the courthouse. If you bring any electronics with you, they will be confiscated by security and 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