Elementary Mock Trial Clubs Hold Court
For months, students in the Mock Trial Clubs at Sea Cliff School, Glen Head School and Glenwood Landing diligently prepared for their complex case, The State of NY v. Michael Walker charged with Assault in the 2nd Degree when a Hockey game ended with an altercation in the stands between two opposing players, and a mom was hit with a stick in the fight.
In May 2019, parents and family members were invited to attend dress rehearsals of their “young” lawyers, court personnel, and witnesses under the direction of School-wide Enrichment Specialists including Mrs. Audra Marcantonio (GWL), Diane Krupin (SC), and Janet Goldberg (GH). Dressed in their best suits, dresses, and/or slacks and shirts, members of the GWL Mock Trial Club pleaded their case to the judge.
Whether assigned to the prosecution or the defense team, participation in the Mock Trial Club requires students to communicate, collaborate, and cooperate with one another in exploring legal solutions to the complex case before them: The State of NY v. Michael Walker.
The Mock Trial Clubs spent months developing trial strategy, formulating questions for direct examination and cross examination, and drafted opening statements and closing arguments. The dedicated students worked collaboratively to craft and practice questioning strategies, revise theories, learn and rehearse trial testimony and etiquette (including making and responding to objections. Additionally, they needed to understand and apply complex relevant legal standards to the facts of the case and communicate and interact cohesively to be successful. Not an easy task, and very authentic to a real courtroom.
On May 10th, the North Shore Mock Trial teams competed at Suffolk Community College. Thank you to all of the parents, families, teachers, chaperones, and students for their devotion to all of the Mock Trial Clubs.
Article and photos by Shelly Newman with expertise from Mrs. Marcantonio