- FINALS ANNOUNCEMENT******
The Winsor School of Boston
wins Mock Trial State Championship
High school earns third straight
win in Mass. Bar Association program
BOSTON, Mass. - The Winsor School of Boston was today named
State Champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2015 High
School Mock Trial Program. This is Winsor's third consecutive
championship and fourth state title since 2010.
Next up for Winsor is the National High School Mock Trial
Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 14-16. A portion of
their trip will be funded by a $2,500 donation from the Mass. Bar
Association's philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar
Winsor and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
(South Hadley) competed in a closely contested two-hour mock trial
in Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. Winsor represented the prosecution
while Pioneer Valley represented the defendant in a fictional case
that centered on the question of self defense versus first-degree
murder in a shooting death. Pioneer Valley won the case by getting
a not-guilty verdict but Winsor prevailed in the overall scoring of
Hon. Kathe M. Tuttman, Massachusetts Superior Court, presided
over the mock trial and was assisted by Hon. Mark D Mason,
Massachusetts Superior Court, and Hon. Howard J. Whitehead,
Massachusetts Superior Court (ret). The judges commended the
students on both teams for performing as well as the seasoned
lawyers they see in their actual courtrooms.
"Each and every one of the participants were so well prepared
and just did an outstanding job. You demonstrated a level of poise,
self confidence, intelligence and skill that really is comparable
to the attorneys who appear in front of me in my courtroom on a
daily basis," said Judge Tuttman. "Any one of you could do that
right now, and you're still in high school. That's pretty
Started in 1985, the Mass. Bar Association's Mock Trial Program
began its 30th 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 1,500 students at 135 high schools
competed in this year's competition.
MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian welcomed the students to the
historic venue, and thanked the families and coaches of both teams
for their support.
"I've always been a big proponent of learning by doing; that's
largely how I got my own start as a trial lawyer," said Kazarosian.
"For those of you who plan on using your mock trial experience as a
springboard to a future career in the law, you could not have
picked a better start."
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