By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The attorneys filed into the courtroom followed by their clients, witnesses and spectators. All rose when Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Gloria Dabiri entered the courtroom and took her seat that on the bench.
It was a seemingly normal day in the Brooklyn courtroom except the lawyers, the clients, and the witness — all players in the trial — were student interns taking part in a simulated or mock trial exercise.
It was clear that the students took the exercise seriously and had prepared their arguments and rebuttals. The issue at hand was bullying, and the case questioned whether or not a public school is liable for the over-aggressive taunting of one student.
Student attorneys questioned school rules and parties’ motivations and tackled expert witnesses. The students were able to grasp complicated evidentiary issues, such as hearsay objections and exceptions. For concepts they were unclear of, Justice Dabiri gently explained the rule and guided them as they applied the rule to the argument being presented to the court.
The students' hard work and preparation clearly paid off.