NYS Mock Trial State Finals
Sunday, May 19 through Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Those who will be traveling 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) 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 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
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. (NOT YET AVAILABLE)
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