Clarke HS Mock Trial Team Places First in County Tournament

Clarke HS Mock Trial Team Places First in County Tournament Photo
The W.T. Clarke High School Mock Trial club won first place in the New York State Bar Association’s Nassau County tournament, advancing to the 2017 NYS Mock Trial Finals in Albany, New York, on May 21-23.

The competitions are part of the New York State Mock Trial program, which, according to NYSBA’s website, gives high school students an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures by defending a case.

In preparation for the county tournament, the East Meadow students received the mock case of Robin Berkman v. County of Dover in December, which they read, analyzed and strategized with their coach, high school Social Studies teacher Paul Henning. During the competition, held at the Nassau County Courthouse in Hempstead, teams took on the role of either prosecutor or defendant against other local schools and argued their case before a panel of judges. The judges consisted of lawyers, judges and law enforcement officials.

Clarke High School’s team competed against several high schools in the preliminary rounds, including Kellenberg Memorial, Saint Mary’s, Massapequa, Great Neck North and Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva high schools, as well as Hempstead’s Crescent School. They emerged victorious after facing the Wheatley School from the East Williston School District in the championship round, earning first place and advancing to the finals.

The team will head to Albany on May 21 to defend the same case at the James T. Foley Courthouse in the Northern District against schools from around the state.

From 2003 to 2011, the Clarke High School Mock Trial team has won six county championship titles and were named state champions in 2003.

The district commends the Clarke High School team and wishes them much success at finals.