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Division of Instructional Support Services Kicks Off 2014 Mock Trial Tournament with Simulation Trial

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(Back left) NFA student Sheila Arce carefully listens as the trial unfolds. Orange County Assistant District Attorney David Curtain, Esq. (foreground left) volunteered to play the role of the plaintiff's attorney, and Michael Fox, Esq. (right) attorney with Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, volunteered to play the role of the defendant's attorney.


The Division of Instructional Support Services' Mock Trial Program started its 2014 competition with a stellar Mock Trial Simulation held at the Goshen Town Court.


This year’s trial featured outstanding performances from David Curtin, Esq., Orange County Assistant District Attorney, acting the part of attorney for the plaintiff; and Michael Fox, Esq., partner with Walden’s Jacobowitz & Gubits, L.L.P., acting the part of attorney for the defendant. Many thanks to the following teacher coaches and students who played the parts of witnesses:

Maxwell Peitrzak, Marlboro Student, as Mickie McDonald; Anthony Verboys, Monroe-Woodbury Teacher-Coach, as Dr. Ryan Toolittle;
Amy Patino, James O’Neill Teacher-Coach, as Bobbie Jones; Kristina VanDeMark, Marlboro Teacher Coach, as Mitchell Tomley; Michael Truncale, Newburgh Free Academy Teacher-Coach as Dr. Shawn Marshall and Kaitlyn Greiner, Marlboro Student, as Billie Jo Simpleton.

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Marlboro student Maxwell Peitrzak (right), in the role of Mickie McDonald, is cross examined.

The Honorable Catherine Bartlett presided over the trial and offered helpful insights following the simulation. This year, to model the change in format concerning timing cues, Nick Fischer, a student from James O’Neill, held up the one-minute warning sign to cue the attorneys during five-minute opening statements, ten-minute directs, ten-minute cross examinations and ten-minute closing statements.

Click Here to read the 2014 Mock Trial case

People vs Penn Hydragas, Inc. & Mitchell Tomley, CEO.