NYS Mock Trial Finals Information

The New York State High School Mock Trial Finals will be held in Albany on May 21-23, 2017.

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


The teams and their coaches will be staying at the Hilton Albany in downtown Albany
www.hiltonalbany.com.  A room block will be made available, however, all rooms must be reserved by the NYS Bar Association’s Statewide Coordinator – Teams are not allowed to make their own reservations.  

Friends and Family Members

If you will be attending the Finals and want to stay at the Hilton Albany, you will need to make your own arrangements however you cannot reserve a room from our room block. These rooms are reserved for team members and State Bar 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)

The coach for each team attending the State Finals has been provided with a Friends and Family Letter providing detailed information to be distributed to the parents. Click here for a copy of the Friends and Family Letter.

Check-in / Registration

Team members should arrive at the hotel on Sunday, May 21st 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.  A copy of the Media Release form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Schedule for the State Finals – May 21-23

Please click here to access the entire schedule.  (Please be sure you have the most current version, revised May 18, 2017)

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-Finals on Monday, May 22.  All teams MUST attend the Finals on Tuesday, May 23.  Guests are welcome to attend, however, team members will have priority seating in the courtroom.  Spectators may be seated after the team members.

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.