Mock Trial Team Makes Semifinals at Law Day Event

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The high school’s Mock Trial team finished as semifinalists in the annual Long Island Law Day tournament held at Northport High School. It was the fifth consecutive year that East Islip has brought home an award from this event.  East Islip was represented by freshmen Emily Blair and Grace Gerondel, sophomores Jacob Arens, Justin Martinez; Vince Papillo, Kaitlyn Rice and Kim Turtell; and senior Ashley Malcolm.

During the tournament, sponsored by Project PATCH and Touro Law Center, 16 teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties competed in one-on-one mini trials. For each round, students were given a one-page fact pattern and had 12 minutes to prepare to present an entire legal case, including opening and closing statements and witness examinations. East Islip competed in five rounds of trials, finally falling to Massapequa in the semis. 

“Long Island Law Day is an excellent way to exhibit student learning, because coaches may not help the students during the 12-minute reading and prep time or during the trial itself,” said coach Patsy Lester. “Team members must work together quickly and cooperatively to apply their knowledge of the law to the facts and make a convincing presentation to the judges. The outcome was particularly impressive since most of our students were underclassmen. I’m proud of the hard work the team put in. They totally trust and support one another and deserved this success.”