March 19, 2018 – Buffalo, NY – The Clarence High School Mock Trial Team won the Erie County Championship Monday, March 19. Clarence competed against the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in the final round of the Erie County Mock Trial Competition and walked away with their 6th County Championship in 7 years. Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan presided over the round. This year’s case involved a high school student charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly refusing to comply with a teacher’s directions and becoming violent.
Led by seniors, Ryan Mazurkiewicz, Alexander Maccallini, and Derek Andrews, the team includes Sean Andrews, Michael Baehre, Russel Bassarath, Allie Boeing, Kate Buckley, Anna Geiger, Justin Gugliuzza, Ryan Kist, Nadav Langberg, Aliana Mazurkiewicz, John Micciarello, Erin Miley, Hailey Seibold, Jackie Thomson, Ellie Tiu, Maggie Palka, Emily Purcell, and Hannah Zalen. The three seniors, Mazurkiewicz, Maccallini, and Andrews, were on the Clarence Team that won the New York State Championship in 2015.
The team’s attorney advisors are Justin D. Kloss, attorney at the local law firm of Kloss, Stenger & LoTempio, and Colleen Mattrey, attorney at the law firm of Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet, P.C. The team’s faculty advisor is Clarence High School Business Law teacher, Ronald DiNicolantonio.
Kloss, who has just completed his 7th year coaching the mock trial team, said, “We are very proud of how hard the students worked this year, and their performance Monday night reflects that. We are also very grateful to the parents, faculty, and Clarence community, especially William Shippengrover, for all of the support that they have shown this team.”
The team will now move on to the Regional Competition held in Rochester, which will take place Mid-April.
For information on the Mock Trial program visit http://www.nysba.org/NYSMockTrial/