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, won the 2019 Mock Trial Competition defeating Bay Shore High School. The event was canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19 and then resumed again this year, remotely. Mr. Lazer’s Northport team defended its Suffolk County championship by defeating Kings Park to win the Suffolk County finals for the 2nd year in a row.
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.