EI Takes Second at Law Day Tournament


Competing against 15 other teams from Suffolk, Nassau and New York City, the high school’s Mock Trial team took second place in the New York State Law Day Tournament, hosted by Northport High School on April 21. East Islip was represented by students Shannon Dodenhoff, Joshua Koretz, Ewere Emma McGaugh, Tyler O’Neill and Christian Thomesen, accompanied by their coach, social studies teacher Patsy Lester.

The civil law tournament, now in its 43rd year, was sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee. Teams of five students were given 12 minutes to prepare a legal case based on a one-page summary of facts. At the end of the 12-minute prep period, the students had to argue the case as attorneys and witnesses against another school’s team. A coin toss determined which team was plaintiff and defense during each round. This year’s cases included negligence, defamation, assault and battery, product liability, vicarious liability, and breach of contract. 

East Islip’s team went undefeated through five rounds, picking off strong teams such as Syosset and Plainview-Old Bethpage. Facing hosts Northport, they came in second in the championship round, which featured a judging panel that included New York State Bar Association Past-President A. Thomas Levin, District Court Judge Hon. James C. Hudson, Professor Thomas Schweitzer of Touro Law School, and Queens Assistant District Attorney Josh Mandel.