Justice Sotomayor Speaks To High School Law Cluster Students

September 15, 2016 – The Justice Resource Center, along with Just the Beginning Foundation, The Second Circuit and the NYS courts, coordinated a “Robes Program” at the Federal Courthouse as part of the Judges’ Minority Judicial conference. The Courthouses welcomed students and teachers from 9 different schools across the city for a fun and educational day.  Over 300 students attended. The morning was spent acting out a voir dire exercise, with Second Circuit Judges and Judges from all over the country. Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to hear from the judges on their individual path to the bench. The day ended with a powerful and impassioned speech, followed by a Q&A, with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Students and teachers alike left with smiles on their faces and a new-found appreciation for the law and our legal system!

Call for Mock Trial Lawyer-Coaches

The Justice Resource Center has issued a call for lawyer-coaches for high school teams for the 2017 New York State Mock Trial Tournament.

High schools throughout all five boroughs need coaches. Coaching sessions usually take place after school hours, with teams meeting their lawyer-coach once or twice a week. All teams have a teacher-coach assigned to coordinate coaching sessions. The case will be distributed in early December 2016, and competitive rounds start in late February 2017. The top teams will go on to compete in the state finals in Albany May 21-23.

In addition, those who are eligible can receive up to three (3) CLE credit hours from the NYSBA for coaching a mock trial team.

If you are interested in serving as a coach, or know someone who might be, let us know!

Any questions? Email mocktrialjudges@gmail.com

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Congratulations to High School of American Studies at Lehman College!

December 14, 2015 – Congratulations to High School of American Studies at Lehman College for their victory in the 31st MENTOR Moot Court Final Round! The team competed against Stuyvesant High School at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on December 10 with four federal judges presiding. Several participating schools, attorneys and educators came to watch as both finalists gave their arguments. Many thanks to all participants this year!

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Two-time MENTOR Moot Court champs! High School of American Studies at Lehman team photo with their teacher, Lauren Peterson, at Fordham School of Law.

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2015 High School Mock Trial Case Corrections Released

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – A Correction Memo for the 2015 Mock Trial Case of “Morningside Heights Booster Club, Inc. v. Casey Cheatham” was issued by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on January 9, 2015 which identifies specific changes that have been made to the original version of the case.  The Correction Memo, the revised pages, and a complete revised copy of the case are available online at www.nysba.org/mtcase. Please replace the original pages and use the revised pages effectively immediately.

Thank you for your patience and good luck!

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