Mock Trial is a club that teaches students how to work in a group, think on their feet, articulate their ideas intelligently and spontaneously, and be more convincing and confident public speakers. Each year, the Manhasset Mock Trial Team competes in tournament organized by the Nassau County Bar Association. The NCBA will send us a packet detailing the events of a fictional court case. We are given two sides of the case (defense and prosecution/plaintiff), each with three witnesses. On the team, six people will act as these witnesses, learning their affidavits and eventually taking the stand both to give testimony and receive cross-examination. Another six people will be attorneys for either the defense or the prosecution/plaintiff. Attorneys will direct their witnesses, cross-examine a witness on the other side, and possibly even write and deliver an opening or closing statement. Ultimately, the team will have the opportunity to argue both sides of the case against other schools in simulated trials presided over by real judges.
Advisor: Mr. Jeremy Berman
Meetings: Wednesday at 3:15 PM in room 069
Open to students in grades 9-12