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High School Mock Trials Underway at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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.

“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.

SUNY Canton Hosts Annual Mock Trial Tournament for Area High Schools

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Area high schools have begun competing in this year’s SUNY Canton Mock Trial Tournament. Students began prosecuting and defending opposing sides of a topical case this week, and will continue the series of spirited legal proceedings through April 8.

mock trial

The goal of the Mock Trial Program, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association (NSBA), the New York Bar Foundation, and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship (LYC) Program, is to teach high school students critical debating and trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, high school student teams obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility, and professionalism, as well as a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

Each year, the assigned case reflects important current legal issues. This year, the schools will be arguing a criminal proceeding involving the suppression of evidence in an illegal drug case.

More than 350 teams representing thousands of students and 1,500 volunteer attorney coaches participate in the New York Statewide Mock Trial Program. Area participants include teams from Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central High School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy, and Potsdam Central High School.

The judges who will preside in this year’s competitions include Marcia LaMay, the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association, Canton Town Justice Cathleen O’Horo, Jondavid DeLong, the Dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle Ladouceur, Former District Attorney Nicole Duvé, and SUNY Canton Legal Studies faculty members William Jones and Rosemary Philips.

County winners will compete in regional tournaments in April and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the State Finals in Albany, New York in May.

Competitions will be held on designated days in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

For more information, or for a complete schedule of cases, please contact Alexander Lesyk, SUNY Canton assistant professor and legal studies curriculum coordinator, by phone (315) 386-7517 or email lesyka@canton.edu.

 

SUNY Canton Concludes 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

After a hard-won battle against Hammond Central School, Potsdam High School emerged as the county winner of the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament hosted by SUNY Canton.

The Potsdam team will now represent St. Lawrence County in the regional Mock Trial Competition to be held on April 25 in Albany, New York. If successful, the team will then compete in the state-wide competition.

“It took a strong collaborative effort to host a 2-week Mock Trial Tournament,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D., dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We thank all of the attorneys and judges who devoted countless hours in preparation and coaching the teams this year.”

Both Hammond Central School and Potsdam High School have been past county winners who have progressed to the regionals.

Marcia R. Thompson, teacher-coach for the Hammond Central School team, noted that she was exceptionally proud of her students for making it to the county finals. “The students are well-rounded individuals at the top of their classes, and active in sports, music, and science club as well as in Mock Trial,” Thompson said. “We will be back next year.”

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

The attorneys and judges represented included: Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, Surrogate’s Court Judge John F. Richey, St. Lawrence County Bar Association President Marcia L. LeMay, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle H. Ladouceur, Jefferson County Family Court Attorney Lisa A. Proven, Chief Assistant District Attorney David A. Haggard, Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo, Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon, Public Defenders James T. Farrell, James M. McGahan, and Frederick J. Petersen, Mental Hygiene Legal Services attorney Matthew Bliss, and private attorneys Diane J. Exoo and Thomas J. Snider.

For information about how to participate in the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament, please contact SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and County Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. at lesyka@canton.edu or (315) 386-7517.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton to Host St. Lawrence County High School Mock Trial Tournament

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

SUNY CantonArea high school students will compete in the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament from March 2 to 18 at SUNY Canton.

Six St. Lawrence County schools, coached by local attorneys, will argue a civil case involving the alleged embezzlement of funds. Participating local high schools will include Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy and Potsdam High School.

The goal of the tournament, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; the New York Bar Foundation; and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, is to teach high school students basic trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, students obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility and professionalism, as well as gain a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

“Student competitors will not only be exposed to various facets of the law, but will also hone important life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and reasoning,” said SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and Tournament Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. “SUNY Canton is honored to have the opportunity to host this cooperative venture between our local high schools, members of the legal profession and the college.”

The county winner will compete in the regional tournament, and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the state final in Albany in May.

Several judges, including St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards, St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, and St. Lawrence County Surrogate Court Judge John F. Richey, as well as the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association Marcia LeMay, will preside in each competition.

For more information about the tournament, contact Lesyk at (315) 386-7517.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.