Update: Huntington’s Mock Trial Team Heads to Finals

Update: Huntington High School outscored Commack Wednesday afternoon in the Suffolk County Bar Association mock trial competition. The victory will send the Blue Devils to the county title competition next Wednesday against Ward Melville.

Huntington High School’s mock trial team will be competing Wednesday afternoon in the county regional semi-finals.

The team, directed by attorney Xavier Palacios, is one of four teams in the semi-finals, including Ward Melville, Commack and the Stony Brook School.

The competition is scheduled for the John P. Cohalan Jr. Courthouse in Central Islip.

Mock Trial is an educational program created by the New York Bar Association and the Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program. It is a tournament-style competition in which teams compete to earn points based on their presentation and legal skills. Students act as lawyers and witnesses to persuade a judge of, or against, reasonable doubt.

The teams argue both sides of a case and assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Each team competes to earn points based on their presentation and legal skills. “Judges”, usually local judges and attorneys who volunteer their time, score the teams based on ratings on preparation, performance, and professionalism.

For more information about the program, contact the Suffolk County Coordinator, Glenn P. Warmuth at (631) 732-2000 or [email protected].

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