HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
On April 16, 2012, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University hosted an awards ceremony for the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Team. The team, which consisted of 13 students from Hempstead High School, advanced to the Sweet 16 round in the 2012 New York State Mock Trial Competition.
The awards banquet was attended by Jean Tesoriero, vice president & program officer of the National Grid Foundation, the high school team members and the Hofstra Law students and alumni who previously served as the team coaches. National Grid Foundation provided Hofstra Law a $9,600 grant to support and expand this year’s Hempstead High School Mock Trial Program.
“The power of the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Program is its ability to inspire confidence, build skills and foster an appreciation of learning,” said Jean Tesoriero. “The talent and dedication of the Hofstra Law student coaches and the high school coordinators have taken a program and turned it into a transformational experience for these students."
The Mock Trial Program was developed in 2008 by three Hofstra Law alumnae: Franca Sachs ’06, executive director of fellowship programs and director of continuing legal education at Hofstra Law; Hempstead High School teacher and team coach Hillary Light ’78; and Joan Hermanowski ’76, chair and sole shareholder of Americable International and co-founder of The Charles and Joan Hermanowski Family Foundation.