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A Fourth Year of Winning for Mock Trial Team

A Fourth Year of Winning for Mock Trial Team

The East Islip High School Mock Trial team competed in the Empire Mock Trial World Tournament in November, an event that brought 40 teams and almost 500 students from the entire nation and six countries to New York to compete in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse.

This year’s fact pattern concerned a defendant charged with hate crime: an assault based on the victim’s perceived race. East Islip’s students faced off against schools from Oregon, Texas, Connecticut, Utah and California, with the prosecution team going 3-1 for the weekend. Jacob Arens, Sofia Frigiola, Justin Martinez and Tyler O’Neil were ranked for best performances in their rounds, and sophomore Kaitlyn Rice was recognized as one of the top 15 lawyers at the tournament, bringing home an Outstanding Attorney trophy. 

This is the fourth year that East Islip has competed in the Empire Mock Trial World Tournament, and the fourth consecutive award for the program, having won Outstanding Witness Awards in 2015 and 2017, and the Spirit of Empire Award in 2016. The team is coached by social studies teacher Patsy Lester, with assistance from attorney Brian Mitchell, Touro Law School professor Tracy Norton and the students of the Touro Trial Advocacy and Practice Society. 

“We couldn’t be as successful as we are without the help of the school community, Touro Law School and of course, our Mock Trial parents who have generously supported us every step of the way,” Lester said.

Saturday, May 25, 2019