Chaminade Mock Trial Reaches State Semi-Finals

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For the first time ever, Chaminade Mock Trial reached the State Championship in Sacramento held March 18– 20.  In order to  qualify, Chaminade had to defeat 93 teams in Los Angeles back in November to emerge as the LA County Champion, the largest of any county competition in the country.

In Sacramento, Chaminade announced their presence from the start, defeating three of the best teams in California, and two state champions including Yolo County Champion River City, Marin County Champion Tamalpais, and Sacramento County Champion Elk Grove.  Chaminade’s undefeated record secured them a spot in the State semi-finals falling only to the San Marino County Champion and eventual State Runner-Up Menlo.

Several members of the team were recognized for their outstanding performances during the competition, including Noelle Johnson ’16 who received the Honorable J. Skelly Wright Constitutional Advocacy Award for Best Prosecution Pretrial Attorney in the competition.  Others receiving recognition include attorneys Spencer Levitt ’17 and Louis Gerny ’16 as well as witnesses Hannah Sellfors ’18 and London Pace ’16.

The team and coaches would like to thank the entire Chaminade Family, especially Mr. Webb, Ms. Labelle, Dr. Colón and of all of the Mock Trial parents and families for their support throughout the championship season.

The members of the 2015-16 Mock Trial Team are Noelle Johnson ’16, London Pace ’16, Maxwell Newman ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, Lexi Afradi ’17, Veronica Mansour ’17, Christine Gotthardt ’17, Christopher Azarloza ’17, Bryce Hurless ’17, Kristina Marter ’17, Judy Yang ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, and Hannah Sellfors ’18. The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Chaminade Mock Trial Wins Los Angeles County Championship

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The Chaminade High School Mock Trial Team captured its first Los Angeles County Championship in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial competition held at the Stanley Mosk Superior Courthouse Wednesday night.

Starting with 94 high school teams from throughout the county, students argued the People v. Hayes, a murder case involving alleged police brutality with a justifiable homicide defense.  During more than a month of competition that spanned seven rounds, the Legal Eagles went undefeated, defeating Malibu High School, Palos Verdes Peninsula, North Hollywood High School, Clark High School, and previous county champions Louisville High School and Monroe High School.  In the final round, Chaminade’s Prosecution team won a conviction against the Defense team from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and captured the title. The Prosecution legal team, led by attorneys Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, and Rebecca Steinberg ’18, argued their case to Superior Court Judge Ron Rose and five distinguished practicing attorneys.

Samantha Bader ’18 was recognized as the top Prosecution Attorney for the entire competition. Noah Aire ’20  from the middle school team was also recognized as a top witness in the Junior High competition for his portrayal of Campus Security Director Lou Williams.

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The members of the 2015 Championship Team are Noelle Johnson ’16, London Pace ’16, Maxwell Newman ’17, Conor Fairtlough ’17, Spencer Levitt ’17, Lexi Afradi ’17, Veronica Mansour ’17, Christine Gotthardt ’17, Christopher Azarloza ’17, Bryce Hurless ’17, Kristina Marter ’17, Judy Yang ’17, Ariana Otero ’17, Samantha Bader ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, Spencer Delgado ’18, and Hannah Sellfors ’18. The championship team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.

Chaminade now moves on to the California State Championship to be held in Sacramento March 18-20, 2016.

Mock Trial Teams Advance to Semifinals

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Chaminade’s middle school and high school Mock Trial teams have both advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Los Angeles County Mock Trial competition. In the first four rounds of competition, the high school team faced Notre Dame Academy, Sierra Canyon, Damien, and a closely contested round in the quarterfinals against San Marino. The high school team is one of four remaining out of the 94 that started the competition. This is the seventh time in eight years the middle school has advanced to the semifinals.

Semifinals will be on Monday, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Middle School Wins LA County Mock Trial Championship

The Chaminade Middle School Mock Trial team went undefeated to capture the 2013 Constitutional Rights Foundation Los Angeles County Mock Trial Championship. This is their fourth championship in six years.

This year, more than 2,000 students argued the People v. Concha, a murder case involving illegal prescription drug use. After more than a month of competition, the team faced Jefferson Middle School from the San Gabriel Valley in the championship round.  The defense team, led by attorneys Louis Gerny ’18, Rebecca Steinberg ’18, and Claire Rider ’18 presented their case to Superior Court Judge Ron Rose and a panel of practicing litigators. This is the third consecutive year that Chaminade and Jefferson have faced each other in the finals.

Hannah Sellfors ’18 was awarded Best Witness for her role as the defendant, Rae Concha. Prosecution attorneys Samantha Bader ’18 and Maya Desai ’18, as well as defense witness Jordan Cheney ’18 were also recognized for their performances throughout the competition.

Mrs. Jennifer Bader, who has coached the team since it began in 2007, was honored with the Helen Bernstein Tribute Award as Teacher Coach of the year. The award honors one teacher who demonstrates the capacity to inspire learning and to motivate and has a history of emphasizing good sportsmanship and citizenship skills with her students. The middle school team has been to the finals six times in seven years of competition.

The members of the 2013 Championship Team are, Class of 2018, Samantha Bader, Kojo Boakye-Nimako, Caroline Cha, Jordan Cheney, Maya Desai, Oceania Eshraghi, Louis Gerny, Michael Keating, Lara Mikhail, Jackie Mulcahy, Mason Purece, Claire Rider, Hannah Sellfors, Rebecca Steinberg, and Delaney Teehan.

Middle School Wins County Championship

By Jennifer Bader

The Chaminade Middle School Mock Trial team went undefeated through a month of competition in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition to take the Los Angeles County title.  The Los Angeles County competition is one of the largest in the country with over 130 teams competing.  This is the third championship and fifth appearance in the finals in the six years of the program.

This year’s case, People v. Vega, involved an alleged hit and run by a teenage driver who was texting while driving.  The 15 team members prepared and presented the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court staff as they argued their case in front of sitting judges and practicing attorneys.

This year’s team included eighth graders Lexie Afradi, Christopher Azarloza, Jack Cheney, Conor Fairtlough, Brooklyn Gigliotti, Christine Gotthardt, Anatalia Hordov, Kevin Kubo, Spencer Levitt, Veronica Mansour, Kristina Marter, Max Newman, Seth Parker, Charlotte Powers, and Grant Uberstine.  The team is coached by Jennifer and Bert Bader.