Interested in law? Good at acting? Just looking to meet new people? Our Mock Trial team has something for many talented students. Whether you're lookingto build a great foundation for law school or hone your skills in communication and public speaking, the Mock Trial team is a great way to get involved. College Admissions Directors consistently rank membership on a Mock Trail team highest of all extra-curricular activities. Mock Trial offers a wealth of experience in public speaking, critical thinking, persuasive writing, logical reasoning in a creative way:such skills are invaluable, regardless of your anticipated major in college. Few other clubs on campus offer the same friendly environment as the Mock Trial Team. Comprised of under 20 people, we have the opportunity to work closely together and to build strong bonds between members. While we do get down to business, there is a fun aspect to working with your friends on a nearly day-to-day basis. Says our captain, "it's something that you can really get into, and actually forget you're doing work.”
Our Team competes both locally and county-wide. Locally, we took first place in a field of six schools at our first annual North Shore Mock Trial Invitational Tournament, held here last November 19th. We look forward to hosting the event again this fall. With regard to the county, we were in the Final Four, competing against the over fifty schools at the Nassau County Bar Association Competition last spring. Coaches are Ms. Liora Ben-Sorek (Director of Legal Education Program, Coach of Mock Trial Program) and Mr. William Muir (Faculty Advisor to Mock Trial, Coach).
The case is Harley Davison Vs. The Gotham City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. It is an article 78 hearing to determine if the City of Gotham was justified in denying succession rights to a rent controlled apartment. NS students will have to prepare as both Plaintiff and Defendant. Team Captains are Daniel Kroll and Dalia Etessami.
Part II of the Mock Trial Preliminary Round was held at the Supreme Court building.This time, the North Shore team did an about-face and had to try the same case from the Respondent's perspective. Attorneys Talia Dror, Dalia Etessami and Ariella Hajibay conducted direct examinations and cross examinations while witnesses Rebeka Nissan, Ruben Prawer and Max Weiss stuck to their stories and perplexed their opponents.
The NS team's victory in Part II over Herricks High School guaranteed their progression to the next round. The tournament started with 50 schools and is now down to 32. From here on in, the competition is single-elimination.
The Mock Trial team, supervised by Ms. Liora Ben-Sorek (Director of Legal Education Program, Coach of Mock Trial Program) and Mr. Muir (Faculty Advisor to Mock Trial), performed in Part I of the Preliminary Round of the statewide Mock Trial Tournament.
Arguing the side of the Petitioner, student attorneys Dalia Etessami, Daniel Kroll and Aviva Ort urged the court to overturn the decision of an administrative agency on the grounds that there was no rational basis for the agency's denial of their client's application. Jeremy Sofiev, Lea Chen and Ella Shakin were convincing in their roles as witnesses. Family Court Judge Linda Mejias presided at the bench trial in which the North Shore team prevailed over Valley Stream South High School!