In the history of Browning, the mock trial team has never achieved the level of success that it did this year. Math teacher and faculty sponsor Marcia Wallace explains that the tournament begins each year with over 100 schools from all five boroughs of New York City participating. In past years, Browning twice reached the Round of 16 but advanced no further. Making it to the Final Four this year was an amazing accomplishment.
The team is coached by Ms. Wallace and Katherine Weinhoff, a Fordham law professor and mother of James ’10. Both coaches are deeply appreciative of the level of support shown for the team by the entire Browning community throughout the season, as members not only showed their support at school but also traveled to watch the boys compete in the various trials.
Ms. Weinhoff and Ms. Wallace are pleased to note that the last few years have seen an upsurge in the success of the mock trial program, which is directly attributable to the involvement of several Browning alumni and parents. They have generously offered their time and expertise by attending practices, as well as by serving as judges for scrimmages against other schools and for the annual mock trial Upper School assembly. Their perspectives and advice have proven invaluable, according to the team’s coaches, who are pleased to offer this prediction: “There will be a wonderful core group of returning team members next year; these boys have amazing talent and commitment, so the future is bright!”