BOSTON, Mass.- The Winsor School of Boston was today named State
Champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2014 High School
Mock Trial Program. The finals were held at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
This is Winsor's second championship in a row, and third state
title since 2010.
The high school now advances to the National High School Mock
Trial Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, May 8-10. A portion of
the trip will be funded by a donation from the Mass. Bar
Association's philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar
The Winsor School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter
Public School (South Hadley) competed during a more than two-hour
mock trial in Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. The Winsor School
represented the plaintiff, the child of a stunt pilot who died
performing an advanced aerobatic maneuver, who asserted that the
defendant, Carborite Aircraft Inc., failed to design the plane to
withstand the standard amount of g-force necessary for a stunt
plane in order to save money. Pioneer Valley represented the
defendant, Carborite Aircraft Inc., which contended that the plane
was designed correctly, and that the plane's maximum permitted
g-force was only exceeded because of the negligent actions of the
Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead presided
over the mock trial, and was assisted by Superior Court Judge Kathe
Tuttman and Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty. The judges
commended the students on both teams for performing as well as the
seasoned lawyers they see in their actual courtrooms each day.
"'It is certainly an honor to serve as a judge of the Superior
Court and to participate in such a direct way in our democracy.
However, it is even a greater honor to come to this beautiful
building, which is known as 'the cradle of liberty' and participate
in teaching young people about the workings of that democracy,"
said Judge Whitehead. "Although we say it every year, it is a fact
that the students have performed as well as actual trial
The Mass. Bar Association's Mock Trial Program began its 29th
year in January. The competition places high school teams from
across the state in simulated courtroom situations where they
assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in
hypothetical cases. More than 130 teams competed in this year's
MBA President Douglas K. Sheff welcomed the students to the
historic venue, and thanked the families and coaches of both teams
for their support.
"It's incredible to be here in a location where our forefathers
made decisions that shaped our country," said Sheff. "You are the
future trial lawyers. Regardless of today's outcome, all of you
have already won by making it this far."
Massachusetts Bar Foundation President Robert J. Ambrogi was on
hand to congratulate the Winsor School Mock Trial Team and present
them with a contribution of $2,500 to help with travel costs as
they advance to compete in the national competition in May.
The Mock Trial Program is administered by the Mass. Bar
Association with support from the Brown Rudnick Charitable
Foundation Corp. and the MBF. For more information on the Mass. Bar
Association's Mock Trial Program, call (617) 338-0570 or email [e-mail mocktrial].
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