SUNY Canton Concludes 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

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 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.

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