NYS Mock Trial

  • Fayetteville Manlius 2016 Mock Trial State Champions
    Fayetteville-Manlius High School - 2016 NYS High School Mock Trial Champions Presiding: Hon. Michael C. Lynch, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Div., 3rd J.D., May 17, 2016
  • 2015 MTSI
    Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) 2015 MTSI 2015 Students and Counselors
  • Mock Trial

    2016 NEW YORK STATEWIDE MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT FINALS
    Sunday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 17
    Albany, NY

    Congratulations to the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament State Champion:

    Fayetteville-Manlius High School
    Region 2 - Onondaga County

    Runner Up:
    High School of American Studies
    Region 6 - Bronx County
      

    The winning teams from each of the eight regional tournaments will arrive in Albany on Sunday, May 15 and will stay at the Hilton Albany (downtown).  Hotel arrangements for all team members (including teacher coaches and attorney advisors) will be made by the New York State Bar's Statewide Coordinator.

    The eight teams will compete in the Semi-Final rounds on Monday, May 16 at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. The two top teams will move on to compete in the Final round on Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 am.  The trials will be held at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse, 445 Broadway in Albany.  During Monday afternoon's luncheon, the students will have the opportunity to hear from our Keynote Speaker, Hon. Mae. A. D'Agostino, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York.

    Please click here to access the entire schedule for May 15-17.  


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

    Team members should arrive at the hotel on Sunday, May 15th to check in around 4:00 pm.  Please be advised that if you arrive earlier, your rooms may not be ready immediately upon your arrival.  Keep in mind that the hotel may need time to clean any rooms that were occupied by previous guests from that morning.  Also, there are typically several other large groups in the hotel during this time who are also waiting to check in, so your patience would be appreciated.

    The winning teams and their coaches/advisors will be staying at the Hilton Albany located at 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207. Be advised that there are typically other events going on in Albany at the same time as our Mock Trial Finals. Guests who plan on traveling to Albany for the Finals should be aware that the Hilton may not have any additional rooms available.  You can check with the other hotels in the downtown Albany area for their availability: Hampton Inn (25 Chapel Street)Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown (74 State Street)Renaissance Albany Hotel (144 State Street) and Holiday Inn Express Albany - Downtown (300 Broadway).

    A Winners Packet and a Friends and Family Packet will be provided to each team's coach/advisor explaining everything in more detail. 

    All teams MUST attend the Finals on Tuesday, May 17.  Guests are welcome to come to the Semi-Finals and/or the Final rounds, however, be advised that there are space limitations in the courtroom. Team members and NYSBA staff will be seated in the courtroom first.  If there is still room, guests will be allowed into the courtroom.  We cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to be in the courtroom during the trials.   Friends and family can click here for more information.

    Everyone entering the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse must pass through a security checkpoint and a metal detector. DO NOT bring any cell phones, cameras, other electronic equipment or any items that will set off the metal detector. Anyone other than attorneys attempting to bring in a cell phone or using it inside the courthouse will result in having the phone confiscated by security, and it 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  


    Check back often for updates and more information.  Click here for the most current information about the Finals.


    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2016 MOCK TRIAL CASE - "People v. Kelly Roberts"

    Go to www.nysba.org/mtcase to download all of the following information.


    RULE CHANGES

    Please be advised that there are some Rule Changes this year.

    CORRECTION MEMO #1 - JANUARY 19, 2016

    A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

    CORRECTION MEMO #2 - JANUARY 29, 2016

    A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

    CORRECTION MEMO #3 - FEBRUARY 1, 2016

    A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts

    CORRECTION MEMO #4 - FEBRUARY 18, 2016

    A Correction Memo has been issued for the 2016 Mock Trial Case, People v. Kelly Roberts


    Mock Trial Tournament  

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


    Get the latest information on the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament

    Download the Current Case and Related Correction Memos for this year's Mock Trial Tournament

    Attorneys and Judges - Read the New York MCLE Rules for earning CLE credit for Mock Trial

      View Videos of our past Mock Trial Finals 

        Download Mock Trial Case Archives 

          County Coordinators - Get Important Information for the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament 

            View the "Mock Trial 101" Training Video 


            Other Things to Check Out!    

            You'll find the most up to the minute case, tournament, and MTSI information on the Facebook site. 

              The ABA has great Mock Trial scripts for elementary aged classes available in their online store.   Assistance is available to teachers for purchase of the ABA materials. 

                Check out this great bit on Sesame Street featuring Justice Sotomayor here. And the ABA article regarding the Justice's appearance. 

                  If you are interested in starting a Mock Trial Team at your school, contact Kim Francis at kfrancis@nysba.org 

                    The New York Bar Foundation provides funding for this program in conjunction with The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.     



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                  • Mock Trial Summer Institute

                    2016 MOCK TRIAL SUMMER INSTITUTE (MTSI)
                    Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22
                    Silver Bay, NY


                    STUDENTS!

                    Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 Mock Trial Summer Institute. (The deadline for submitting applications is July 1).   Click here to download the application!


                    COUNSELORS NEEDED!

                    We are seeking educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams to be counselors at our Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI).
                    College students who are have several years of experience participating in mock trial are also welcome to apply.
                    Click here for more information about MTSI and to download the application!


                    ATTORNEYS!

                    Attorneys who are interested in participating as a judge at MTSI may email Kim Francis at  kfrancis@nysba.org 


                    WHAT IS THE MOCK TRIAL SUMMER INSTITUTE?  

                    The New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) is an intensive week-long educational camp for high school students who are involved with mock trial. During the week, the students attend sessions presented by experienced Mock Trial teachers and attorneys. Counselors are educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams. All points of Mock Trial are covered from, “Evaluating the Case” to “Closing Arguments.” The students are put in teams on the first evening of camp. During the week, they work on a past Mock Trial case, incorporating their new skills and techniques into their presentation. Guest speakers, local attorneys, and additional educators are brought in throughout the week to assist in instruction.   The cases are presented on the final day before a judge.  Time is built into the daily schedule for the students to engage in organized team and confidence building activities, as well as free time to enjoy the numerous recreational activities. 

                    Students are selected to attend MTSI through an application process.  The application is available online at  MTSI Applications. Teachers and attorneys must provide letters of recommendation for the student to be considered. Applications are accepted in the spring for consideration for that year’s MTSI. We offer rolling admission, but we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we are limited as to the number of students we can accept into the program.  If you are accepted into MTSI, we will send you the official Acceptance Packet. No payment is due until you have been accepted into the program and you have confirmed your attendance in writing.  Once you have confirmed your attendance, you should complete the forms that are provided in the Acceptance Packet and return them with your payment in full within 14 days.

                    MTSI typically takes place at   Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George, during July and runs from Sunday to Friday. The number of students accepted varies, but MTSI can accommodate up to 48 students. There is one adult counselor for every six students, a nurse, a camp director, and a Law, Youth and Citizenship representative on site all week.  The students are bunked two or three to a room in a typical camp-style dorm with shared bathrooms. Meals are served in the cafeteria, buffet style. 

                    The fee for New York State students is $250.00 and $1,000.00 for out of state students.  The fee includes the room, all meals, classroom materials, and activities.  Some financial assistance may be available to students from New York State.  A Scholarship Application is available upon request.  For more information, contact Kim Francis at  kfrancis@nysba.org 

                    The New York Bar Foundation provides funding for this program in conjunction with The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.    


                    Click on these links for information:   

                    MTSI Applications  (The deadline for submitting applications is July 1)


                    MTSI Case 

                    MTSI Forms and Information 

                    MTSI Flyer  


                    Information about our New York Statewide Mock Trial Program and MTSI is available in our brochure.  Click here to view the brochure.  

                    Still have questions?  Contact Kim Francis at   kfrancis@nysba.org  

                  • Case Archives

                    These fact patterns are copyrighted by the Law, Youth & Citizenship Program of the New York State Bar Association.  They are available for classroom use.

                    If the case is to be used for a tournament, please send a written request to kfrancis@nysba.org.

                    Please be advised that these materials CANNOT be used for any tournaments that charge a fee for participation.


                    NOTE:  The Rules of Evidence were updated in 2014.  If you are using any of the cases prior to the 2014 case, please download the most current version of the Rules of Evidence, dated 11/19/14. You need to replace the Rules of Evidence in those cases with the most current version.

                    Click here to download the most current version of the Rules of Evidence.


                    2015 - Morningside Heights Booster Club Inc v Casey Cheatham

                    2014 - People of the State of New York vs.Penn HydraGas, Inc. and Mitchell Tomley, CEO

                    2013 - Morgan Martin vs. Cattaraugus Programming University  

                    2012 - State of New York v P.J. Long 

                    2011 - Pat Parker v Village of Empireville and Board of Trustees of the Village of Empireville 

                    2010 - State of New York v Shawn Miller 

                    2009 - Chris Cross v Randy E. Porter 

                    2008 - Ryan Strongarm v Chris Rocket

                    2007 - State of New York v Pat C. Macintosh

                    2006 - State of New York v Terry C. O'Neal

                    2005 - Macca Elery McLaughlin v Lee and Robbie McLaughlin

                    2004 - Jo Moncrieff v WSUB-TV, Lee Juno

                    2003 - State of New York v C. C. Rider

                    2002 - Sandy and Pat Loam v The National Overland-Youngstown Bank

                    2001 - State of New York v Monk Agricultural Chemical Co., Taylor and Jefferson Monk

                    2000 - State of New York v Mickey Jackson

                    1999 - State of New York v Brandon Berry

                    1998 - State of New York v Josie Winters

                    1997 - Jamie June v Dry Gulch Public School District

                    1996 - Morgan and Jan Crewshank v Jody, Mickey and Rudi Ramirez

                    All materials property of NYSBA.