Cardinal Gibbons High School was one of 32 teams invited to compete for a World Championship at the Empire New York Mock Trial Competition from Nov. 12 -16, 2020. This is the first year in program history Cardinal Gibbons will participate in the world's premier mock trial tournament. Teams are invited from South Korea, Singapore, Australia, the UK, Canada, and throughout the United States.
In the past, Cardinal Gibbons competed at Empire Atlanta and Empire San Francisco, gaining valuable experience for this season's quest for a title. Students have been preparing since the first week of July—throughout the pandemic—with regular practices conducted via Zoom, with attorneys from the community and law students from FIU coaching. Students will portray attorneys, expert witnesses and eyewitnesses in a complex criminal case involving first-degree burglary, substance abuse and the controversial three-strikes law.
Due to the pandemic, this year's championship will be conducted virtually.
Members of the Cardinal Gibbons Mock Trial Team include:
Rachel Kamphaus (Defense Captain)
Isabella Donnelly (Prosecution Captain)
The team is coached by Tim Donnelly of the State Attorney's Office, Jacob McMahon of FIU Law School's Moot Court Team, and Luiz Bravim. Bravim commented, "This is the hardest working team we've ever had. They will make noise at Empire New York. We're ready for this."