NYC Mock Trial teams come in 2nd and 3rd place at State Finals

Regis High School, pictured above, placed 2nd at the New York State Mock Trial tournament

Congratulations to Regis High School and Hunter College High School for their strong showing (2nd and 3rd place, respectively) at the NYSBA Mock Trial state tournament!

The state finals in Albany marked the end of another successful season of Mock Trial. In New York City, nearly 90 schools from all five boroughs participated, and over 150 volunteer attorneys and judges gave their time and energy to provide this positive educational experience to well over a thousand students.

The Justice Resource Center would like to thank the teachers, school faculty, parents, and court staff for their hard work that makes this program possible.

Hunter College HS - 2017 MT NYC Finals
Hunter College High School celebrates advancing to the state finals on May 3, 2017 in NYC.

Justice Resource Center hosts annual Youth Law Conference

James B. Kobak, chair of the NYCLA Justice Center, gives opening remarks at the start of the conference.


The Justice Resource Center, in collaboration with the New York County Lawyers Association, hosted the annual Youth Law Conference on April 28th, 2017. Eighty-two students from 5 high schools attended workshops on various topics, from Art Provenance to Personal Injury, each facilitated by an expert attorney in their field.

NYCLA president Carol Sigmund and keynote speaker Columbia professor Christopher Riano gave inspiring speeches that resonated with the students. “It was Carol Sigmund’s energy that encouraged me to pursue a law-related career” wrote one student. Another wrote “I enjoyed Professor Riano’s speech because it taught me a lot of life lessons.”

Winners of NYCLA Essay Contest Announced

The Hon. Richard Lee Price (ret.) and the Law-Related Education Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) announced the winners of the 2017 Public High School Essay Contest at an awards ceremony at NYCLA offices on Monday, May 15th.

This year’s essay topic was the New York State Constitutional Convention. The top 10 essayists were invited along with their teachers and families. Members of the Law-Related Education Committee were present to congratulate the students and present their awards, including Larry Carbone, Marian Burnbaum, Sue Vairo, Margo Brodie, and Debra Lesser.

Top 10 Essayists
1 – Mersina Ziljkic -William Cullen Bryant High School
2 – Andrea Ma – Stuyvesant High School
3 – Steven R. Criscola – New Utrecht High School
4 – Anna Quach – Stuyvesant High School
5 – Arabelle Pierre-Louise – James Madison High School
6 – Brooke Jin – Stuyvesant High School
7 – Elizabeth Ashkinazi – James Madison High School
8 – Aaron Khan – James Madison High School
9 – Elahie Baksh – John Adams High School
10 – Alexander Henry – Hillcrest High School