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Thursday, Apr. 2, 2009
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Maimonides School of Brookline wins 2009 Mock Trial State Championship

Maimonides School of Brookline was named state champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2009 Mock Trial Program and advances to the national competition in May.

It was the first finals round appearance for Maimonides, which outscored Sharon High School at the March 24 competition held in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The school was a Sweet 16 regional winner in 2006.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Harry Chiel, one of Maimonides School’s team captains. Chiel said the support of the school’s tight-knit community helped the team prepare for the championship.

The MBA’s Mock Trial Program is made possible by the international law firm Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels LLP through its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed $25,000 each year to the program since 1998. A portion of Maimonides’ trip to the nationals will be funded by a donation from the MBA’s philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Superior Court Associate Justice Howard J. Whitehead presided over the trial and was assisted by Superior Court Justice Peter W. Agnes Jr. and Essex Probate and Family Court Associate Justice John D. Casey.

Whitehead said deciding the winner was difficult because both teams were so strong. “This is the best pair of performances I’ve seen; really the best we’ve had,” he said.

The case, which was written by the MBA Mock Trial Committee, involved an Iraq War veteran charged with first-degree murder for the July Fourth shooting of his former high school enemy. The defendant claimed posttraumatic stress disorder as an insanity defense.

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