High School Mock Trials Underway at SUNY Canton

Area high school students are trying a malicious prosecution case at SUNY Canton.

The annual Mock Trial Tournament began last week with students arguing opposing sides of a fictitious civil trial. The college’s Legal Studies program sponsors the annual competition to teach high school students critical debating and courtroom procedures.

Students presenting a case during the mock trial.

“High school students gain advanced knowledge of criminal and civil law, ethics and professionalism during the course of the proceedings,” noted Alexander Lesyk, an assistant professor and director of the SUNY Canton Business Department. “We receive tremendous support for this project from our area justices and attorneys, which helps make the program so successful.”

The judges who will preside in this year’s competitions include St. Lawrence County Attorney Stephen Button, former District Attorney Nicole Duvé, Supreme Court Justice Mary M. Farley, Family Court Justice and SUNY Canton College Council Member Cecily L. Morris, Chief Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Pasqua, County Court Justice Jerome J. Richards and Surrogate’s Court Justice John F. Richey.

Area schools competing in this year’s Mock Trials include:

  • Heuvelton Central High School
  • Massena Central High School
  • Morristown High School
  • Ogdensburg Free Academy
  • Potsdam High School

The Mock Trial Program is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; the New York Bar Foundation; and the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program.

The proceedings will run through April 6 at SUNY Canton. The final trial will commence at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the St. Lawrence County Court House.

For more information, or for a complete schedule of cases, contact Lesyk by phone at (315) 386-7517 or email lesyka@canton.edu.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

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