SHA Mock Trial

Fiona Murphy, Staff Writer

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Do you know anything about the legal system? Maybe all that you know comes from watching crime shows on TV such as “Law and Order” or “How to Get Away With Murder”. We have a group of girls here at SHA that have an immense knowledge of the legal system and show their knowledge in mock trials. A mock trial is a competition in which schools demonstrate their ability to present one side of a given case to a judge who will decide which side made the better argument. These competitions are rigorous as the trial is treated as if it is a real-life case, with real attorneys and witnesses. The teams are not only being judged on their arguments, but also their composure and professionalism. It is thus important to remain calm and confident, even under pressure.

Schools from all over New York State compete in these Mock Trial competitions in an effort to reach the state championships at the end of the season. Under the guidance and leadership of Mrs. Brady, a literature teacher at SHA, the Sacred Heart mock trial team has been able to consistently place very well in these competitions. The SHA girls work hard so that they can perform to the best of their abilities and their effort and preparation truly shows in the court. If you’re interested in learning more about the law, possibly becoming a lawyer one day, or just want to participate in a fun and rewarding activity, consider joining the Mock Trial team next year!

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