Mock Trial hosts Coaches Orientation
Thursday, November 7, 2019
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Mock Trial Committee presented an orientation for both teacher and attorney coaches for the 35th Annual High School Mock Trial Tournament.
This year, the teams are presented with a hypothetical civil matter. The defendant, New England Heights Institute of Music (NEHIM), notified the plaintiff, Dani/Danny Mockowski, of a five-day suspension for a violation of Article I of NEHIM’s Code of Conduct, finding that the plaintiff engaged in conduct that caused physical or psychological harm to other students, and conduct that was disruptive to the school, malicious toward others, or intentionally damaging to the reputation of fellow students. The plaintiff claims the defendant violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution and seeks to reverse their suspension and to require the defendant to expunge references to the past suspensions from their student record.
More than 130 teams have registered for this year’s tournament, which will culminate with the State Finals on Friday, March 22, 2020, at the Great Hall in Faneuil Hall.