David Lazer, of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, served as the attorney-coach to a local high school mock trial team in this year’s New York State Bar Association-sponsored Mock Trial Competition. Mr. Lazer’s team, Northport High School, advanced to the Suffolk County Finals after defeating Kings Park in a narrow decision at the county courthouse in Central Islip on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. And, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the Northport team defeated Bay Shore High School to win the Suffolk County finals.
The High School Mock Trial program provides an excellent opportunity for young people to learn about the law and take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a courtroom. After several years in the program, some of the really talented high school students exhibit trial skills that rival those of admitted attorneys. A number of the Northport students that participated in the program have gone on to become attorneys.