Students Build Professional Skills

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Northport High School hosted Law Day, an island-wide mock trial competition, on April 19. Teams from all over long island competed against other schools in tournament-fashion, with the final two teams progressing to a court final.

Mock-trial teams were assigned court-room roles, presented with cases they had no prior knowledge of, and were given ten minutes to prepare to defend their position. Local attorneys and judges volunteered for the competition as well, judging each case and giving constructive feedback. Students impressively tackled tough cases revolving around themes such as Negligence, Products Liability, and more.

“This program gives students a jump-start on developing many skills they’ll need in their professional career,” said David Scott, the head of Northport’s mock trial program. “They learn that team work is a huge part of success, public speaking and advocacy skills are sharpened, and they learn to apply the laws they’ve learned to real life problems.”

All teams gave their best efforts, and one of Northport’s three teams, composed of students Nicholas Scalisi, Maggie Dowling, Erika Ramos-Pinto and Hayley Hayden, secured a semi-final finish.