BAEC Bulletin - May/June 2023

24 | May/June 2023 | BAEC Bulletin Nichols School Wins Statewide Mock Trial Competition Once again, this year, the Bar Association of Erie County was pleased to present the annual High School Mock Trial Competition, in which 19 teams representing high schools throughout Erie and Niagara Counties tested their skills in courtroom advocacy. Congratulations to the mock trial team from Nichols School, who won the championship for Erie and Niagara Counties in the final round of the competition. The competition took place on April 14, 2023 in the Elma Town Court before New York State Supreme Court Judge Daniel J. Furlong. Also earning special recognition in the Erie and Niagara County competition was the finalist team from Orchard Park High School. The New York State High School Mock Trial Finals were held at the James T. Foley Courthouse, 445 Broadway, Albany New York on May 22 & 23, 2023. Abraham Joshua Heschel prevailed after a very competitive round. Information about the 2024 edition of the Mock Trial Competition will be forthcoming in the fall of 2023. If you would be interested in judging one or more competition rounds next year or serving as an attorney advisor to a team, please contact Susan L. Kohlbacher at

NICHOLS SCHOOL TAKES TOP HONORS IN FINALS – Pictured above is the winning team from Nichols School. Pictured from L to R: Attorney Advisor James J. Graber, Mia Bedenko, Charles Amdur, Ian Rupp, Honorable Daniel J. Furlong, who presided over the round, Fiona Brown, Honora Corso, Abby Zhu, and Attorney Advisor Tony Rupp. Not pictured are Elise Glahe, Logan Bork, Addison Basile, Cate West, as well as teacher coaches Aranya Maritime & Nicholas Brown.

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