Deb Presents Mock Trial at UCALL
This January, Deb led an event for Union College’s UCALL program. Established in 1988, “Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) is a membership-based program for adults throughout the Capital Region who enjoy learning. [The] courses cover a wide range of topics, from Asian film, landscaping and contemporary journalism to medicine, music and more. They are presented by volunteers from the UCALL membership, Union faculty, and community leaders and experts. All courses are non-credit and require no exams or pre-requisites. Classes are held for five 2-hour weekly sessions in the fall and spring. Now more than 500 members strong, UCALL furthers the Union College tradition of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and dedication to the life of the mind.” (Union College)
Deb and two other attorneys, Joe Sise and Bob Abdella from Abdella and Sise in Gloversville, presented a trial enactment of The People vs. Carson Conners: a mock criminal case involving high school senior Carson Conners. Conners was arrested for disorderly conduct while at school. Because of his arrest, he missed a critical district-wide assessment test, which Conners and the defense team claim was precipitated by his teacher, who was trying to increase her overall student test scores. Deb presented in the role of the Judge during the trial for UCALL attendees to draw their own conclusions as the trial wrapped up, the attendees cast their ballots as jurors and all could see whether Conners was “guilty” or “not guilty.”
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