Columbia Grammar and Prep Advances to the 5th Round in the New York State Mock Trial Competition

This year, 92 schools from all five boroughs in New York City participated in the New York State Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the New York Bar Association. On Wednesday night, CGPS advanced to the fifth round, where only 16 schools remain. The Mock Trial club is led by Middle School history teacher William Buckley, who has said he is both impressed and proud of the team for their dilligence and hard work. 


This year, the Mock Trial case is about a plaintiff who believes the city agency, who is responsible for deciding whether an individual has succession rights to a rent-controlled apartment, acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner when denying his request. The individual is asking the Court to overturn the DHPD decision.


Throughout the New York State Mock Trial Competition the case is the same except with each advancing round the teams alternate between being the Plaintiff or Defendant.  The case this year is titled, “Harley Davidson v. The Gotham City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.” Each trial has 6 team members: 3 lawyers and 3 witnesses. Each team is allowed one attorney coach, who volunteers their time as a mentor to the students. This year, the Mock Trial club’s coach is Ms. Ellen Silverman, a practicing attorney.


The Mock Trial club will resume competing after Spring Break. Their success so far is impressive, and indicative of months of dedication, discussion and hard work.