Hall of Champions

2010 - 2017
2017

The Winsor School(Boston)

National Rank: 18th

Comm. v. Sazer Larson – Returning Iraqi war vet claims that symptoms relating to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused a hallucination that brought him back to the reality of war, when he actually pulled the trigger and killed an old high-school nemesis during a July 4th fireworks celebration. Was this first degree murder or an act caused by insanity or diminished capacity?
Teacher Coach(es): Laura Antuna
Attorney Coach(es): David Weingarten, Joshua McGuire
2016

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 31st

Pat Varma v. Samantha/Samuel Kang, M.D. – The case involved medical malpractice. The plaintiff, once a star soccer player, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014. Three years prior to this diagnosis, in 2011, the defendant performed heart surgery on the plaintiff after her/his heart had stopped following a soccer game. While the plaintiff acknowledged that the surgery performed by the defendant saved her/his life, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant acted negligently in other respects and that, but for this negligence, the plaintiff’s cancer would have been diagnosed in 2011. Had the cancer been diagnosed at that time, the plaintiff alleged, certain treatment options would have been available, and the plaintiff’s prognosis would have been significantly better. The defendant denied that she/he acted negligently, and asserted that she/he was not liable for any harm suffered by the plaintiff.
Teacher Coach(es): Meghan Bowes & Hiro Lee Tanaka
Attorney Coach(es): Patrick Hannon
2015

The Winsor School(Boston)

National Rank: 3rd

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Stephanie/Steven Hardee – This case involved a criminal matter and concerned a man (fictional) whose life was cut short on the evening of August 2, 2014. There was no dispute as to what killed him or even who did it. But was the killing a criminal act, or was the defendant legally justified?
Teacher Coach(es): Laura Antuna
Attorney Coach(es): David Weingarten, Joshua McGuire
2014

The Winsor School(Boston)

National Rank: 38th

Bari/Barry Jacob v. Caborite Aircraft, Inc. – This case revolved around whether or not the wing of a stunt plane (the Carborite Model 2) sheared off due to a design defect or as a result of pilot error. The plaintiff, Barry (Bari) Jacob, was the child of John Dymek Jacob, a stunt pilot who died performing an advanced aerobatic maneuver called the Triple Lindy while practicing for a stunt show at the Devlin County Fair. The plaintiff asserted that the defendant, Carborite Aircraft Inc., failed to design the plane to withstand the standard amount of g-force necessary for a stunt plane in order to save money. Carborite's position was that the plane was designed correctly and that the plane's maximum permitted g-force was only exceeded because of the negligent actions of the pilot. The question for trial: Can the plaintiff prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the design was defective, or will the defendant be successful in its defense that this tragedy would not have occurred but for pilot error?
Teacher Coach(es): Laura Antuna
Attorney Coach(es): David Weingarten, Joshua McGuire
2013

The Winsor School(Boston)

National Rank: 30th

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Paula/Paul Breedy – This case was a good old fashioned murder mystery. The victim, a wealthy widow with no children of her own, died from a heart attack shortly after informing her heirs that she was giving half of her estate to a charity and her live-in caregiver would receive a remaining equal share with the grandnieces and grandnephews. The prosecution asserted that the defendant, one of her grandnephews, poisoned her by tampering with her medication to cause the heart attack. The defense asserted that the heart attack was natural, or that if it wasn’t, she was murdered by her live-in caretaker or another relative who was upset by the significant reduction in his share of the estate.
Teacher Coach(es): Laura Antuna & Kate Grant
Attorney Coach(es): David Weingarten, Joshua McGuire & Liz Milsark
2012

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School(South Hadley)

National Rank: 41st

Alex Soltin v. Annie/Allen Sway – This case explored the division of legal responsibility when addressing a pervasive social problem, one that is familiar to most, if not all, high school students: bullying. The issue at the heart of the civil claim was what level of responsibility do teachers bear in identifying and preventing bullying among students. This was a topic that was prevalent in the media and one that illustrated the challenging intersection between law and social policy.
Teacher Coach(es): Gary Huggett
Attorney Coach(es): Karin Kyser & Barry Magnani
2011

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School(South Hadley)

National Rank: 31st

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Eddie/Addie Bernson – Inspired by the MBA’s celebration of its past, the Mock Trial Committee adapted and updated one of the most successful cases in the program’s history. First used in 1998, the case arose out of a fatal car accident at a dangerous intersection that was missing a stop sign. The defendant was accused of removing the stop sign from the intersection as part of a high school prank, and faced criminal charges for causing the accident and deaths. The case explored the far-reaching ramifications of seemingly innocuous behavior, serving as a reminder of the full extent of criminal responsibility.
Teacher Coach(es): Gary Huggett
2010

The Winsor School(Boston)

National Rank: 11th

Doris/Dennis J Zellus v Abigail/AbrahmJ. Clifford and Goldsmith, Neray & Sass LLC – The defendants were alleged to have violated the Uniform Securities Act, committed common law fraud, violated the Consumer Protection Act and breached their fiduciary duties to the plaintiff, all as a result of financial advice given to the plaintiff resulting in substantial monetary damages.
Teacher Coach(es): Laura Antuna
Attorney Coach(es): Josh McGuire, David Weingarten
2000 - 2009
2009

Maimonides School(Brookline)

National Rank: 20th

Comm. v. Sazer Larson – A returning Iraqi war vet claimed that symptoms relating to post-traumatic stress disorder caused a hallucination that brought him back to the reality of war, when he actually pulled the trigger and killed an old high-school nemesis during a July 4th fireworks celebration. The question for trial: Was this first degree murder or an act caused by insanity or diminished capacity?
Teacher Coach(es): Mike Rosenberg
Attorney Coach(es): Dave Fredette
2008

Newton South High School(Newton)

National Rank: 22nd

Smith v. Lunatick Games – A high school intern at successful computer gaming company with casual, informal work rules alleged gender discrimination / hostile work environment and retaliation under M.G.L. c. 151B. Was the environment hostile or was the student unreasonably sensitive?
Teacher Coach(es): Brian Hammel
Attorney Coach(es): Elliott M. Loew, Esq.
2007

Sharon High School(Sharon)

National Rank: 7th

Comm v Freeman – A defendant was charged with vehicular homicide while under influence driving negligently. The defendant had a head cold, took cold medication and drove home from a party after midnight after playing in a band. The defendant hit a pedestrian who died the next day. The defendant claimed to have had a sip (or two) of beer, and the Breathalyzer result was .03. The field sobriety test results were questionable. Was the defendant legally impaired?
Teacher Coach(es): Tanya Perkins
Attorney Coach(es): Jack Mikels, Esq. and Michael Tuteur, Esq.
2006

Boston Latin School(Boston)

National Rank: 24th

Dannie Boyd vs. Findlay Auto Devices, Inc. – In this civil product liability case involving a portable GPS device, a driver looked down at the “FAD-411" screen and missed a “no right turn” sign. The driver turned right and was slammed into by a truck. Was the GPS device designed defectively, or was the defendant liable for negligent driving?
Teacher Coach(es): Malcom Flynn
Attorney Coach(es): Michael Tumposky, L. McDonough, Sean Cronin
2005

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School(South Hadley)

National Rank: 18th

United States vs. Cameron/Carmela Berncoat – The case involved allegations of criminal conspiracy, malicious destruction of property by arson causing death and malicious mischief. A researcher at an animal lab let animal rights members enter. While there, the animals were released and a fire started, causing the death of an employee. Was the defendant duped or a willing co-conspirator? Did s/he timely withdraw from the conspiracy?
Teacher Coach(es): Gary Huggett
Attorney Coach(es): Robert Shute
2004

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 12th

Jody Sarak v. Michael / Michelle D. Chervy – Copyright infringement. Doing an assignment, a college student file shared a musician's work via the internet. Was the professor liable for contributory infringement, or did the student act alone? Was it “permitted fair use”?
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Elliot Loew, Patrick.J. Hannon
2003

Chelmsford High School(North Chelmsford)

National Rank: 29th

Commonwealth v. Hemmill N. Carter – Motion to Suppress –– Criminal/Civil Liberties/Racial Profiling: Mass and U.S. Constitution issues. Search and seizure of a high school student and his belongings; proper response to terrorist threat or racial profiling?
Teacher Coach(es): Denise Coffey
Attorney Coach(es): Dennis McHugh, Kevin Sullivan
2002

Needham High School(Needham)

National Rank: 39th

Casey Willinger v. Billy/Billie Bartin – Sports Injury/Civil Tort; negligence, battery, emotional distress: M.G.L c.233, Section 79G Batter hit in face by pitch. Intentional?
Teacher Coach(es): Bob Baker
Attorney Coach(es): Gary Crossen, Dan Matthews, Jennifer Adreani, Sarah Theall, Mary Jo Johnson
2001

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 16th

Commonwealth v. Jerejay G. Teasdale, III – Hate crimes; violation of civil rights: M.G.L c. 265 Ethnic slurs and name calling leads to fight between north and south "Freedonians."
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Elliot Loew, Patrick J. Hannon
2000

Needham High School(Needham)

National Rank: 27th

Ward v. Bannon – c. 209A Abuse Prevention Order against boyfriend
Teacher Coach(es): Jack O'Donnell
1990 - 1999
1999

Wayland High School(Wayland)

National Rank: 23rd

O.P. Taylor v. Town of Thomas River – First Amendment/free speech. School punished student based on content of student web page on home computer.
Teacher Coach(es): Kevin Delaney
Attorney Coach(es): Robert Burdick
1998

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 17th

Commonwealth v. Mickey Peters – Manslaughter indictment of high school student for removing stop sign; couple killed in intersection crash.
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Elliot Loew, Eric Petit, Josh McGuire
1997

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 23rd

Mary Babson, Administratrix v. Jody Rivers et al. – Wrongful death; social host liability for parents and student who held "keg" party where underage student died from excess alcohol consumption.
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Elliot Loew, Josh McGuire
1996

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 13th

Pat Barkley, ppa v. City of Jamestown – Sexual harassment of high school girl by male students; alleged Title IX violation of school under "hostile environment" test for failure to control students
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Elliot Loew
1995

The English High School(Jamaica Plain)

National Rank: 39th

Commonwealth v. Dana Fox – Juvenile Transfer Hearing to be tried as adult for vehicular homicide running over victim in crash of stolen car.
Teacher Coach(es): Jerry Howland
Attorney Coach(es): David Levy
1994

The English High School(Jamaica Plain)

National Rank: 23rd

Stacy Madison v. City of Moneville – Student shot by handgun at high school sued the city for negligent failure of school to keep guns out of the school.
Teacher Coach(es): Jerry Howland
Attorney Coach(es): David Levy
1993

The English High School(Jamaica Plain)

National Rank: 27th

Commonwealth v. Eliot – Date rape; students got drunk at house party and had sex. Was it consensual?
Teacher Coach(es): Jerry Howland
Attorney Coach(es): David Levy
1992

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 5th

Howard Greene, ppa v. City of Craneville – Negligence for failure of day care staff to report child abuse.
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Jim McGuire, Elliot Loew
1991

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 3rd

Commonwealth v. Jamie Peale – Felony murder indictment of driver of the "getaway" car in a convenient store robbery.
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Jim McGuire, Elliot Loew
1990

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: 3rd

J. Doe, ppa v. Brownsville School District – A 6th grader with AIDS barred from attending public school.
Teacher Coach(es): Don Crowley
Attorney Coach(es): Jim McGuire, Elliot Loew
1987 - 1989
1989

F.A. Day Middle School(Newtonville)

National Rank: Unknown

Commonwealth v. Jameson – Fourth Amendment: school locker search for drugs.
Teacher Coach(es): Marge Montgomery
Attorney Coach(es): Jay Flynn
1988

Newton North High School(Newtonville)

National Rank: Unknown

Commonwealth v. Robert Macafee – Assault with dangerous weapon; irate citizen shot teenage driver after repeated harassment by kids in cars.
Teacher Coach(es): Marge Montgomery
Attorney Coach(es): Jay Flynn, Jim McGuire
1987

Boston Latin School(Boston)

National Rank: Unknown

Commonwealth v Page – Eyewitness identification.
Teacher Coach(es): Malcolm Flynn
Attorney Coach(es): Conrad Bletzer, Jr.

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