University of Rochester, Nixon Peabody Host Mock Trial Competition

Univ. Communications – More than 100 students from the University of Rochester, Binghamton University, Colgate University, St. Bonaventure University, SUNY Geneseo, and the University of Buffalo tested their knowledge of courtroom procedures, mastery of case facts, and ability to examine witnesses and deliver opening and closing remarks during hypothetical case scenarios during a mock trial competition held on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Sponsored by Rochester’s Mock Trial team and local legal firm Nixon Peabody LLC, the competition challenges teams to prepare both prosecution and defense arguments and gives them the chance to practice trial techniques and strategies by acting out different courtroom proceedings, taking on the roles of witness, prosecution lawyer, and defense lawyer. Nearly 20 area lawyers served as volunteer judges, presiding over the trials and assessing the students’ performances.

For more information about Rochester’s Mock Trial team, visit them on the web at

Rochester’s Mock Trial Team In Action

Photos Courtesy of Rochester’s Mock Trial Team and Joseph Carello, Nixon Peabody, LLC