It is January 24, 1984. The Cold War is colder than ever and the threat of nuclear war is at its highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Apple Computer just released the McIntosh personal computer for sale in the United States. “Karma Chameleon” is a hit single for Culture Club. “Terms of Endearment” is #1 on the big screen, while “Dallas” holds the top spot on the small screen. Michael Jackson is preparing to film a television commercial for Pepsi Cola . . .
In Sofia, Bulgaria, a lone figure clad in a long overcoat and fedora walks into the Soviet Embassy and hands an envelope to the receptionist addressed to the KGB Station Chief. Inside is a letter from Hanssen Aldrich, a veteran CIA case officer. In return for $25,000 in cash, Aldrich offers to disclose the identities of all the KGB agents that the CIA has “turned” into double agents spying for the United States. Over the course of the next five years, Aldrich discloses the identity of twenty-five Soviet citizens working for the CIA. Twenty would be arrested. A dozen would be executed. Before the FBI can make an arrest, Aldrich flees to Moscow, where s/he dies in mysterious circumstances in 1991.
Fast forward to 2016. American hackers working for the National Security Agency uncover thousands of documents from the KGB’s files, several of which seemingly implicate Ames Rosenberg, Hanssen Aldrich’s then-spouse and retired middle school English teacher, in the treason. Ames Rosenberg is now charged with conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. §794(c). The trial is set for Summer 2018.
Is Ames Rosenberg just a mild-mannered retired teacher or one of the most damaging moles in American history? Join us this summer for Mock Trial Camp and find out!
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Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which students play the role of lawyers and witnesses in a simulated trial – typically on a school-sponsored team – while competing against another school. Every year, nearly forty teams participate in the Connecticut Middle School Mock Trial Tournament, held every February and March.
In this week-long camp, campers will learn about the various parts of a mock trial and while gaining hands-on experience questioning witnesses, making objections, portraying witnesses and arguing their case in front of the court. In addition, campers will undertake a mock settlement negotiation. The week culminates with the campers staging the espionage trial of Ames Rosenberg before an experienced Mock Trial judge. If your child’s school has a Mock Trial team, this program will help sharpen their lawyer and witness skills for next year’s competition. For students entering Grades 6-8. Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12. Please note that the case will be provided to campers approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the camp with the expectation that campers will have read it before camp starts.
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $495. Early Bird Discount: $445 until March 15. Reserve your child's spot today with either payment in full or a $100 non-refundable deposit per camp week. The balance will be charged to your credit card on March 15.
Instructor: Attorney Ryan Costantini works for Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he negotiates helicopter contracts with foreign governments for Sikorsky Aircraft. He has negotiated over 150 contracts worth over $6 billion with customers on six continents. Since 2008, “Mr. C”, as he is known to his teams, has been the Attorney Coach of the Legal Wyverns, KO's award-winning Upper and Middle School Mock Trial teams. In addition to coaching the Legal Wyverns, Mr. Costantini is the First Vice President of Civics First, Inc., the sponsoring organization for the Connecticut Middle and High School Mock Trial competitions, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. During the camp, he will be assisted by members of the KO Upper School Mock Trial Team.