The Winsor School of Boston wins MBA 2013 Mock Trial State Championship

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013
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Images from the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2013 Mock Trial Program State Championships. Photos by Merrill Shea.

On Wednesday, March 20, the Winsor School of Boston was named State Champion of the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2013 Mock Trial Program. The finals were held at Faneuil Hall in Boston. This is Winsor's second championship, the first coming in 2010.

The high school now advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana to be held May 9-11. A portion of the trip will be funded by a donation from the MBA's philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Winsor School and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School competed during a more than two-hour mock trial in Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. Winsor defended Paula Breedy, who was charged with the first degree murder of her great-aunt, Dana Liberson. Pioneer Valley, as the prosecution, accused Breedy of killing Liberson before her new will could strip Breedy of $4 million. Breedy was alleged to have tampered with Liberson's heart medications, causing an overdose.

Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Peter W. Agnes Jr. presided over the mock trial and was assisted by Superior Court Associate Justice John T. Lu and Superior Court Associate Justice Kathe Tuttman.

"This was an inspiring performance," Agnes said of both teams, whom he praised for their poise and ability to handle the complicated evidence. "I don't think I've seen any law school mock trial competition that was better than any performance I saw today."

Agnes said Winsor was victorious in defending Breedy, who was found not guilty. That win, however, did not mean Winsor would automatically take the championship. The judges determined, by a vote of two to one, that Winsor was the victor because it received the higher score. The judges based their calculations on a number of factors including presentation and knowledge of both the case and law.

The MBA Mock Trial Program began its 28th year in January. The competition places high school teams from 16 regions across the state in simulated courtroom situations where they assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in hypothetical cases. More than 130 teams competed in this year's competition.

The Mock Trial Program is administered by the MBA, and made possible by the international law firm of Brown Rudnick through its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed $25,000 each year to the program since 1998.