Thursday, Apr. 5, 2007
MBA Mock Trial Committee Chair Elliot Loew addresses the crowd at the Mock Trial finals.
Sharon High School’s “composure” brings Mock Trial championship
A composed and consistent strategy of impeaching the commonwealth's witnesses proved to be the difference as Sharon High School won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 22nd annual statewide High School Mock Trial competition held March 29. Salem High School was the runner-up in the finals, which were held in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.
Sharon High School's team of mock defendant, attorneys and witnesses successfully defended their client from a pedestrian-auto accident that would later result in a fatality and eventual vehicular homicide charges. Acting as prosecutors, Salem High School's team of prosecutors, investigators and witnesses sought to portray the fictitious teenage defendant - who was driving home from a house party - as reckless and irresponsible.
"Your poise and confidence in the trial setting was truly spectacular," said the Hon. Barbara A. Dortch-Okara, presiding judge for the finals and associate justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court, addressing the two teams following the judging. "The techniques you employed are on a par with those of upper-level law students. And, both finalist teams demonstrated an extraordinary level of confidence and preparation."
The road to the 2007 Mock Trial finals began in January with more than 1,500 students competing and representing 118 schools across Massachusetts. There were 220 trials held at 57 trial venues. A total of 191 attorneys or judges presided over the trials. For the ninth consecutive year, the program was sponsored by Brown, Rudnick, Berlack & Israels LLP in Boston.
For more information about the MBA Mock Trial program, visit www.massbar.org, call (617) 338-0570 or e-mail [e-mail mocktrial].