Winsor School repeats as 
Mock Trial State Champion

Issue May 2014 By Mike Vigneux

In a rematch of last year's state final, the Winsor School of Boston defeated Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School of South Hadley to repeat as State Champion in the 29th annual High School Mock Trial Program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

The Winsor School advanced to the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, WI, May 8-10. A portion of their trip was funded by a donation from the Mass. Bar Association's philanthropic partner, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. The championship marks the third state title for Winsor since 2010.

Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead presided over the mock trial, and was assisted by Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman and Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty. The judges commended the students for performing as well as the seasoned lawyers they see in their actual courtrooms each day.

The annual competition places high school teams from across the state in simulated courtroom situations where they assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in hypothetical cases. A total of 139 teams competed in this year's competition which featured 211 trials, 106 judges and more than 40 court venues across the state. The program is administered by the Mass. Bar Association with support from the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.