New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament in Nassau County
Each year, Nassau County Bar Association Members volunteer to encourage and motivate high school students to consider a career in the legal profession by giving them support and advice to argue a real case in a real courtroom during Mock Trial. The annual New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament, the nation’s largest, provides students with hands-on opportunities to further their understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system, while honing their speaking, listening, reading and reasoning skills. With more than 45 high schools and more than 500 students participating, the Nassau contest is the largest single-county competition in the state.
The traditional Marcus G. Christ Championship Trophy was presented to The Wheatley School mock trial team at the annual awards reception at Domus on May 13, 2019. With the winning team members are (standing, left to right) Dr. Sean Feeney (Principal), Ronald Roaldsen (Teacher advisor), David M. Schwartz, Esq. (Attorney advisor), Hon. Leonard Austin (Presiding Judge, Finals Round), NCBA President Elena Karabatos, Emily Yagoda, Maggie Coraddo, Becca Zeltsman, Hon. Marilyn K. Genoa, Hon. Lawrence M. Schaffer, Peter H. Levy. (Sitting left to right) Ashley Vincenzo, Rebecca Sparacio, Jacob Ribotsky, Brooke Schwartz, Brenda Zhong, Skylar Ribotsky. (Photo by Hector Herrera)