QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY HOSTS MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
This weekend, March 4-6, 2022, the Queens District Attorney’s Office hosted its 7th Mock Trial Competition, the first under Queens DA Melinda Katz. Due to Covid concerns, 16 law schools from around the country participated virtually in this competition and tried a murder case under New York State law. Supreme Court and Criminal Court judges presided over the trials, senior prosecutors and members of the defense bar served as evaluators.
District Attorney Katz said, “In person or not, the mock trial is crucial to the training of the next generation of attorneys, enabling them to sharpen their courtroom skills and hone their experience and intellect in lively competition.”
DA Katz announced that the New York University School of Law won the competition by defeating 15 other teams from around the country in a series of trial meets. The NYU team was comprised of students Elizabeth Bays – who also won Best Advocate in the preliminary rounds – Daniel Cohen, Druv Kumar and Brennan Bartley. Second place winners were participants from the University of Houston Law Center.
Boston University School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
University of Buffalo School of Law
University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Emory University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Mercer Law School
New York Law School
New York University School of Law
Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law
University of Texas School of Law
Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
During this mock trial tournament, each team, which was made up of second- and third-year law students, was required to study a fact pattern based loosely on an actual homicide case tried in Queens County. The competition, which began on Friday evening March 4 and proceeded throughout the weekend, consisted of two preliminary rounds, quarterfinals, semi-finals and a final round. Sixteen judges from Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau volunteered to participate in the competition, along with seasoned prosecutors and defense attorneys who served as evaluators and bailiffs. After each round, feedback was provided to the teams from the evaluators, who scored the advocates.
Sponsored by the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the mock trial competition was supervised by Executive Assistant District Attorney for Trials Pishoy Yacoub with the assistance of Assistant District Attorneys Brian Hughes, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau; Laura Dorfman, Director of Legal Training; Mary Kate Quinn, Assistant Bureau Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau; Senior ADAs Courtney Charles and Kirk Sendlein, of the Homicide Bureau, and Maria Barlis, Paralegal.