Dylan Hennessy of St. Ignatius Loyola makes case for defense to jurors in Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program.
Hundreds of middle school students packed the courthouse for the 13th Annual Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program and witnessed their colleagues square off in the prestigious competition.
Seventh-graders from St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan argued against Riverdale Country School pupils in a murder case involving a stockbroker who claimed to have shot an attacker in self-defense.
The eighth-graders from Annunciation Elementary in Westchester and Manhattan’s Epiphany School sparred over a robbery case.
“What amazes me every year is that the students are always so quick on their feet,” said Civil Court Judge Elizabeth Taylor, who began the competition in 1997. “They come in well-prepared and don’t argue with each other like real attorneys do.”
The program involves more than 1,000 students competing on behalf of 20 schools from the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Westchester County.
Students in the final round prepared for more than four months with attorneys teaching them legal fundamentals and trial techniques. Read more..