After advancing to the championship round last year and being stranded in New York by Hurricane Sandy, the Dos Pueblos High School Mock Trial Team has once again been selected to compete in the Empire City World Invitational Mock Trial Tournament to be held in New York City this October.
The tournament, considered the most prestigious high school mock trial invitational tournament, brings 40 teams to the Big Apple from across the country and around the globe — including teams from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada and Australia.
This year’s tournament will be held Oct. 18-21 at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Brooklyn.
In their first-ever appearance at Empire, last year’s team upset their bracket’s top seed and advanced to the championship round, losing a close match against La Reina High School from Ventura County on the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York.
La Reina’s team followed their championship at Empire by winning their unprecedented third straight California championship — once again edging Dos Pueblos in a tough first-round matchup. DP’s Madeline Matthys won an individual award as the tournament’s outstanding defense attorney. In addition, Delia Bullock and Ami Thakrar won recognition for outstanding witness portrayal and outstanding clerk respectively.
“The team is over-the-moon excited to be able to compete at Empire again this year,” said team co-captain Camille Wyss, who is a senior trial attorney. “Last year, not only did we have a fantastic time, it was the best competition we had had the opportunity to compete at. The atmosphere of the Empire competition — and New York City — is infectious, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the action again. I can’t think of a better way to start my fourth and final year with the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial Team.
“We have a long road ahead of us in terms of fundraising and preparing, but I am 100 percent confident that all of our work will be worth it when we get to New York and start to compete.”
The team is gearing up for a fundraising campaign to raise the necessary funds to travel to New York City for the tournament. The students will be holding a rummage sale in the Dos Pueblos High School staff parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27. If you have items you wish to donate, please contact Delia Bullock at email@example.com.
Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made by sending a check payable to DPHS with the notation “Mock Trial” on the memo line c/o faculty advisor Bill Woodard, 7266 Alameda Ave., Goleta, CA 93117, or electronically by clicking here. Contact Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
The members of the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial Team who will be competing at Empire are Delia Bullock, Madeleine Centrella, Laila Halimi, Alissa Kruidenier, Bela Lafferty, Madeline Matthys, Camille Wyss, Ami Thakrar and Sophia Zheng.
These students will now spend their summer preparing the fictional case of Midlands v. Dawson. In the case, Vanessa Sullivan, daughter of Midlands’ most prominent prosecutor, celebrated her 21st birthday with two friends, Taylor Hopson and Danny Dawson, at Chuggie’s Sports Bar. After several hours of celebration at the bar, the three left in a car driven by Dawson. On the way home, Dawson lost control of the car, resulting in a crash in which Sullivan was killed. A special prosecutor was appointed because of the conflict of interest in having the victim’s parent’s office prosecute the case. A grand jury has returned a multicount indictment charging the defendant, Danny Dawson, with murder and driving under the influence.
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DP MOCK SUMMER CAMP. Part 2
Open to Incoming 7th through 12th graders
When: Aug. 19-23, 2013 Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: DPHS—Room H-30 Cost: $150
Scholarships are available– Contact Corinne Dorais Corinne.email@example.com)
DP Mock Trial is one of the most prestigious (and fun) activities at DPHS. The team has won the county competition for the last five years. In 2012, the team was second in the state competition and second in a world-wide Invitational Tournament held in NYC. (Visit our webpage atwww.dpmocktrial.wordpress.com for more information.)
DP Mock was just invited to compete in the high school world championship tournament to be held in NYC October, 2013. Proceeds from the camp will help fund the costs of the competition.
What will DP MT Summer Camp involve? It will be run by our JV Mock Trial coach, Corinne Dorais, in conjunction with several of our returning team members. You will learn: how Mock Trial works, how to analyze a case, how to develop a witness’s character, what the coaches will be looking for in September when try-outs for the team are held, and more…This camp will be appropriate both for those who attended the June camp and for those who did not. We will be working on a new case.
Sign-ups will be limited.
For more information, contact Corinne Dorais at Corinne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Come to DP MOCK SUMMER CAMP Open to Incoming 7th through 12th graders
When: June 24-28, 2013 Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: DPHS—Room H-30
Cost: $125 Scholarships are available
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DP Mock Trial is one of the most prestigious (and fun) activities at DPHS. The team has won the county competition for the last five years. In 2012, the team was second in the state competition and second in a world-wide Invitational Tournament held in NYC. (Visit our webpage at http://www.dpmocktrial.wordpress.com for more information.) What will DP MT Summer Camp involve? It will be run by our JV Mock Trial coach, Corinne Dorais, in conjunction with several of our returning team members. You will learn: how Mock Trial works, how to analyze a case, how to develop a witness’s character, what the coaches will be looking for in September when try-outs for the team are held, and more… Sign-ups will be limited. Reserve your spot by completing the attached application and submitting your check for $125 (payable to DPHS, with a notation on the memo line, “DP MT Summer Camp”. Checks and application forms should be mailed or hand-delivered to DPHS, 7266 Alameda Ave., Goleta 93117. For more information, contact Corinne Dorais at Corinne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2013 Champs pose with Superior Court Judge Brian Hill
Overcoming a shortened practice season and a hard-fought challenge from its arch-rival, the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial team defended its county title by defeating San Marcos 2-0 in the 2013 Santa Barbara County Mock Trial Championship Saturday at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
It was the fifth consecutive county championship for the Chargers who advance to the California state championship tournament March 22 in Riverside, California. In 2011, the Chargers and Royals tied for the county title.
Attorney Coach Maureen Grattan with defense attorneys Ami Thakrar, Hannah Cruz, and Madeline Matthys
But this season the Chargers faced a unique set of challenges after an October trip to the Empire World Invitational in New York delayed their preparation for the county case by two months.
“Coming back from the world finals it was going to be quite a struggle to prepare for county jumping in so late in the game,” said co-captain and prosecution witness Nimisha Shinday. ”
“It was incredible to see how everyone pulled together as a team of both new and experienced members,” added lead prosecution attorney Alison Mally.
This year’s case involved a high school senior accused of felony hit-and-run after bicyclist Cameron Douglas was hit by a car and suffered serious and permanent injuries. The case also included a pretrial argument over whether the defendant’s statements to the investigating officer should be suppressed because the officer failed to read the defendant the Miranda warning.
Mally used her closing argument to poke holes in the San Marcos defense argument that their client Adrian Vega was not behind the wheel at the time of the accident and had allowed a foreign exchange student to drive her father’s expensive car.
“Your honor, what the defense is asking you to believe is that the one time the defendant disobeyed her father’s order and allowed someone else to drive her father’s vintage sports car, was the few minutes that it was involved in a crime,” said Matthys.
On the defense side, defense attorney Madeline Matthys emphasized the lack of physical evidence presented in trial.
“Officer Wright admitted that there was no physical evidence that placed my client in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident.”
The Chargers had defeated Santa Ynez in the morning semifinal round to set up the showdown with the Royals. Judge Brian Hill and local attorney Steven Amerikanner presided over the two championship trials.
“As Dos Publos Blue team heard they were facing off against San Marcos in the final rounds we were excited to have made it this far and, what’s more, have the chance to face an incredibly challenging and talented competitor,” said co-captain and defense attorney Hannah Cruz.
“The final round was an incredible experience and represented a cumulation of all the team’s hard work and dedication despite setbacks throughout the year. I am incredibly proud of both our teams and I look forward to representing Santa Barbara County at the state competition in Riverside!”
Sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, mock trial teams all receive the same case packet, witness statements and facts in September, and spend hours each week preparing their arguments and exams, researching the law, and developing character for the witnesses. Local attorneys donate their time to mentor and coach the students.
The Dos Pueblos Mock Trial team:
Prosecution Pretrial Attorney: Camille Wyss
Prosecution Attorneys: Alison Mally (captain), Madeleine Centrella, Laila Halimi
Prosecution Witnesses: Nimisha Shinday (captain), Sophia Zheng, Forbes Bainou, Camille Wyss
clerk: Jennifer Jimenez
Defense Pretrial Attorney: Delia Bullock
Defense Attorneys: Madeline Matthys, Hannah Cruz (captain), Ami Thakrar
Defense Witnesses: Bela Lafferty, Alissa Kruidenier, Jordan Degraffinreid
Bailiff: Wes Cooperman
Attorney Coaches: Joel Block, Nathaniel Block, Scott Campbell, Maureen Grattan
KEYT was there when Nimisha Shinday, Madeline Matthys, Madeleine Centrella, and Hannah Cruz of DP Mock returned from NY after competing at the Empire World Invitational. Click on the photo to watch.
Four members of the Dos Pueblos High School mock-trial team arrived back in Santa Barbara safe and sound Thursday night.
During the past week, the team participated in the Empire World Championship Mock Trial Invitational, and also felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
Madeline Matthys, Nimisha Shinday, Hannah Cruz and Madeleine Centrella were embraced by friends and family at the Santa Barbara Airport.
Inside their luggage were two hard-won trophies — one for the team’s second-place finish in the prestigious competition, and the second was Matthys’ trophy for being the best defense attorney at the tournament.
In spite of being camped out at a Brooklyn hotel as they rode out the storm and an unusually long journey back to Santa Barbara, the four students were elated to be home and equally enthusiastic about the experience of forming new friendships and competing against 35 stellar teams from across the globe.
The rest of the team reached California later Thursday evening by way of Los Angeles International Airport. Santa Barbara Airbus transported those students and coaches back to Santa Barbara Barbara free of charge.
According to coach Bill Woodard, because of their extended stay in New York, the two California teams (Dos Pueblos and La Reina from Thousand Oaks) are hoping to work together to raise funds to pay the extra thousands of dollars needed to stay in New York until they were able to fly home.
Members of the Dos Pueblos mock-trial team are Alison Mally, Hannah Cruz, Nimisha Shinday, Madeline Matthys, Madeline Centrella, Delia Bullok, Camille Wyss, Sophia Zheng, Ami Thakrar, Bela Lafferty, Sean Strong. Coaches: Bill Woodard, Maureen Grattan, Joel Block and Scott Campbell.
— Barbara Keyani is the administrative services and communications coordinator for the Santa Barbara Unified School District.
Courtesy of Dos Pueblos Mock Trial | October 29, 2012
Falling short by just a single ballot, the Dos Pueblos High School Mock Trial team was defeated in the Empire World Invitational Championship round Monday morning in Brooklyn, New York.
In an all-California final, La Reina High School from Thousand Oaks defended it’s 2011 title with 4-3 victory over the Dos Pueblos team. La Reina is the two-time defending California State Champion who narrowly defeated the Chargers in last year’s state final.
With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the city, Monday’s final was moved from the Brooklyn Courthouse to the ballroom of the Brooklyn Marriott.
It was Dos Pueblos who had stormed into the tournament by defeating their bracket’s #1 seed — Henry Grady High School from Atlanta — in the second round and winning every single ballot on their way to the final. The Chargers advanced to the final as the only undefeated team in the tournament before coming up short against La Reina.
Teams were divided into two brackets and competed in four rounds Saturday and Sunday, with the top team in each bracket progressing to the championship.
The fictional case tried during each round, with students playing attorneys and witnesses for the plaintiff and defense, was about a 2-year-old boy who dies after swallowing toy beads covered in a chemical that converts to GHB, also known as the “date rape drug.”
During the championship round, Dos Pueblos took the role of the plaintiff and La Reina played the role of the defense. A New York judge heard the case, and attorneys served as scorers.
The members of the Dos Pueblos Mock Trial team: Alison Mally (C), Hannah Cruz (C), Nimisha Shinday (C), Madeline Matthys, Madeline Centrella, Delia Bullok, Camille Wyss, Sophia Zheng, Ami Thakrar, Bela Lafferty, Sean Strong. Coaches: Bill Woodard, Maureen Grattan, Joel Block, Scott Campbell
Dos Pueblos High School’s mock-trial team on Sunday earned a place in the finals of the Empire Mock Trial Association’s Empire City Invitational World Championship in New York City.
As Hurricane Sandy barreled north toward Manhattan, Sunday’s competition opened with the Chargers’ defense facing Tottenville High School of Huguenot, N.Y., on Staten Island. At the time, Dos Pueblos and Tottenville were the only teams with a 6-0 records. Because of the storm, the teams were down to two scorers in each round instead of three on the tournament’s the first day. Tottenville was stiff competition, but Dos Pueblos took both ballots, one by a sizable margin.
Sunday afternoon, the Chargers’ prosecution faced Bishop Lynch High School of Dallas. Again, Dos Pueblos took both ballots.
On Saturday, Dos Pueblos also swept the day’s competition.
At the awards ceremony Sunday evening, Madeline Matthys received a Best Attorney Award.
Next, the organizers announced the 10-team standings, with Dos Pueblos in first place and rival La Reina High School of Thousand Oaks in second. Dos Pueblos took all 10 ballots — apparently, a rare feat for the tournament. La Reina, which earlier this year topped the Chargers in the California Mock Trial Finals in Sacramento, lost two ballots in the course of the New York tournament.
The two teams must be at the Brooklyn courthouse by 8:30 a.m. Monday EST for the finals.
On the storm front, hotel management met with Dos Pueblos team officials Sunday night and said the hotel has generators in case the power goes out and enough food and linens for one week. The hotel is in a “B zone” for storm danger, which management assured us is a safe place to be — so safe that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be setting up offices in one of the hotel’s ballrooms. As a result of the FEMA activity, the hotel will have a heavy presence of police and fire personnel.
Many of the other mock-trial teams are staying at the same hotel, so the kids are looking forward to some relaxation with their new friends after they finish Monday’s competition.
The Dos Pueblos team has plane reservations for Tuesday night, in case the airport reopens.
We are feeling the warmth from Santa Barbara, even as we feel the cold front moving in. Thanks so much for your support.
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— Maureen Grattan is an attorney with Dorais, McFarland, Grattan & Polinsky in Santa Barbara and a Dos Pueblos High School mock-trial coach.