University of Rochester

EVENT: University of Rochester, Nixon Peabody Host Mock Trial Competition

October 14, 2011

Six Schools from the Rochester Region Participate in Practice Trials

WHO: Ten teams from six area colleges gain experience with competitive legal thinking and courtroom demeanor through the preparation and performance of mock trial cases.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Nixon Peabody LLP, located at 1300 Clinton Square. The two mock trials start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHAT: Students from the University of Rochester, Binghamton University, Colgate University, St. Bonaventure University, SUNY Geneseo, and the University of Buffalo will test 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 Saturday's competition.

During the trials, teams prepare both prosecution and defense arguments and practice trial techniques and strategies by acting out different courtroom proceedings, taking on the roles of witness, prosecution lawyer, and defense lawyer. Hosted by the University of Rochester and Nixon Peaboy LLC, 20 area lawyers will serve as volunteer judges, presiding over the trials and assessing the students' performances.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information about the mock trail competition, call on-site media contacts Yoni Bokser at 917-757-4867 or Andy Debbins at 716-531-8294.