Legal Eagles: Mock Trial Team Advances

Jackie Pisani
The Upper School Mock Trial traveled to the Danbury Court House on Tuesday to compete in the regional round of the Civics First Mock Trial Competition. This year’s case is a civil case in which a security company is being sued for battery and negligent hiring after one of their guards tased a college track athlete at the Connecticut State Capitol.

The defense, made up of Patrick Schwab ’22, Thomas Betts ’19, and Aidan O’Loughlin ’20 as lawyers and Kyle Frankel ’21, Caroline Boardman ’20 and Risha Ranjan ’21 as witnesses, competed first against a strong team from Bethel High School. The plaintiff’s side competed next against the team from Fairfield Prep, with Caitlin Budzik ’21, Mia Seymour ’19, and Michael Autorino ’19 serving as lawyers, and William Wells ’22, Alyssa Pilecki ’20, and James Ravalese ’20 as witnesses. Matt Safalow ’19 served as the bailiff and the timekeeper for both rounds.

With both sides coming out victorious, KO now advances to the next round of the competition which will take place in late January. The team is coached by Ryan Costantini, with expert assistance from Theresa Ravalese and Judge Budzik.
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