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NYS Mock Trial

About The New York State Mock Trial Program       

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 State High School Mock Trial Program.   Click here to view the brochure. 


2019 NYS Mock Trial State Finals | May 19-21

Congratulations to:

♦ FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL (Onondaga County) - STATE CHAMPION

♦ THE MOUNT ACADEMY (Ulster County) - RUNNER-UP


Special Acknowledgement to the other six teams who competed in the State Finals:

♦ Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (Erie County)

♦ Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School (Schenectady County)

♦ Forest Hills High School (Queens County)

♦ Brooklyn Technical High School (Kings County)

♦ The Wheatley School (Nassau County)

♦ Northport High School (Suffolk County)


Important Links

Mock Trial Case and Corrections

Mock Trial Finals Information

Attorney CLE Credit Request Form

Tournament Information for County Coordinators


Other Links

Mock Trial Case Archives

Mock Trial 101 Training Video

Past Mock Trial Finals Videos (2012-present)

Past Mock Trial Regional Champions (1982-present) 


Congratulations to the 2018 Mock Trial Tournament State Champion!
GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL | Region 4 - Orange County
Click here to read the press release!

Runner Up:
BROOKLYN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL | Region 6 - Kings County


Future Dates for NYS Mock Trial State Finals

♦ 2020 - May 17-19 | Hilton Albany

♦ 2021 - May 23-25 | Hilton Albany

The 2019 Mock Trial case is  "HARLEY DAVISON v. GOTHAM CITY DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT"
In this civil case, Harley Davison v. Gotham City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Harley allegedly resided with his/her great aunt, who was a tenant of a rent-controlled apartment in a building owned by the  City of Gotham. His/her aunt, Barbra Stone, who was 95 years old and lived in the two-bedroom apartment until her death on March 15, 2018, resided in the apartment since 1968. Harley claimed to have moved in with his/her elderly aunt in February 2016 to assist in her care and well-being. Following his/her aunt’s death, Harley applied to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (DHPD) for succession rights to the apartment. DHPD denied the request, determining that Harley had failed to provide sufficient proof that s/he resided in the apartment prior to his/her aunt’s death for the requisite period of time. Harley then commenced this proceeding pursuant to Article 78 of the State of Nirvana Civil Practice Law and Rules.  

CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST CURRENT VERSION OF THE CASE
(Note: This link will always provide the most current version of the case and will include all corrections and revised pages).

Note: It is possible that once the case has been released and teams begin to work with it, questions may arise, and corrections may be required.  All questions and comments about the case should be submitted in writing (no phone calls please) and sent to your County Coordinator or directly to the NYS Bar Mock Trial Program Manager for review.  If necessary, the Program Manager will forward the questions to the Mock Trial Subcommittee for their review, and if necessary, a Correction Memo will be issued, along with revised pages to be inserted into the case booklet.  All Correction Memos and Revised Pages will be provided to the County Coordinators, who will notify the team coaches/advisors. The Correction Memo and Revised Pages will also be posted here for easy access. Once a Correction Memo has been issued, the current pages in the case booklet should immediately be replaced with the Revised Pages.  An updated version of the case will also be available at the link above if you choose to reprint the entire case.

CLICK HERE FOR CORRECTION MEMOS AND REVISED PAGES

Instructions for updating your copy of the case when a Correction Memo has been issued:  

1. PRINT the most recent Correction Memo and Revised Pages.

2. REPLACE current pages in your case booklet with the most recent revised pages.


Current Mock Trial Tournament Rules/Policies/Procedures
Click here to view and/or print the most current version of the Mock Trial Tournament Rules, Policies and Procedures.  

Click here for a summary of the 2019 Rule changes (all changes are included in the case booklet).


Relevant Caselaw Text
Click here to view and/or print the text of each of the caselaw summaries listed in the mock trial case materials (page 105).   


Questions or Comments about the Mock Trial Case:
Questions or comments about the mock trial case should be put in writing and sent to:

Kim Francis
Mock Trial Program Manager
New York State Bar Association 
kfrancis@nysba.org 

2019 NYS Mock Trial State Finals | May 19-21

Congratulations to:

♦ FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL (Onondaga County) - STATE CHAMPION

♦ THE MOUNT ACADEMY (Ulster County) - RUNNER-UP


Special Acknowledgement to the other six teams who competed in the State Finals:

♦ Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (Erie County)

♦ Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School (Schenectady County)

♦ Forest Hills High School (Queens County)

♦ Brooklyn Technical High School (Kings County)

♦ The Wheatley School (Nassau County)

♦ Northport High School (Suffolk County)



NYS Mock Trial State Finals
Sunday, May 19 through Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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. The room block is reserved for team members and NYSBA staff only.

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 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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!  PLEASE READ!  All trials will be held at the James T. Foley Courthouse (U.S. District Court), 445 Broadway, Albany. Everyone entering the Federal Courthouse must pass through a security checkpoint. You should leave any unnecessary items that can set off the metal detector in your room (keys, jewelry, hair clips, lapel pins, etc.).  Other items such as belts should be removed before you get to the metal detector. All electronics (cameras, cell phones, smart watches, etc.) should be left in your room or vehicle. We need to get through the security checkpoint as quickly as possible.  It is important that all team members are in their assigned courtrooms on time!  Spectators should allow all team members to go through the security line first. Everyone must be dressed in proper Courtroom attire.  Teams should be aware that a member of the Mock Trial Subcommittee will be assigned to each courtroom to serve as the bailiff and will also be the timekeeper for the trial.

Be advised that NYSBA staff, committee members and judges will be going to an orientation in the courthouse before the trials begin.  You will need to allow these people to go the front of the line ahead of you, so please be aware that this will be going on.  We need your cooperation, so I want to say thank you in advance.

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