Coached by a core group of Hofstra Law students, the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Team will advance to the third round in the New York State Mock Trial Tournament on Wednesday, March 2nd, where they will face off against Clarke High School.
In the meantime, the Hofstra Law students, led by Megan Lynch, will continue to conduct practices and help the team hone their trial procedures, analytical thinking and public speaking skills.
Over the past three years, the mock trial program has fostered personal bonds between the high school students and their mentors. This year, 15 Hempstead High School students are participating in the program—the highest participation to date.
The team is the brain child of three Hofstra Law graduates: Franca Sachs, Executive Director of the Family Law Programs at Hofstra Law, Hempstead High School teacher and team coach Hillary Light, and an alumni donor. Professors Andrew Schepard and Theo Liebmann have dedicated many hours to directly working with the team and also with the law students to develop a coaching plan.