Sandwich Student Participates in Mock Trial at Lasell College

Another local student makes her hometown proud...

NEWTON, MA - Victoria Barrett, a Criminal Justice major from Sandwich Massachusetts, participated in a mock trial as part of the Lasell College Fall Connected Learning Symposium on December 4.

Barrett served on the defendant's team and performed a cross-examination.. In preparation for the mock trial, students in the course learned the order in which a trial is conducted, courtroom etiquette, and techniques of cross- and direct-examination, according to Professor Steven Rosenthal. Barrett and their team conducted the trial in front of a panel of mock jurors - members of the College's faculty and staff - and a judge, Professor Linda Bucci.

The goal of the trial, according to Professor Rosenthal, was to "introduce students to the intricacies of trial practice."

The Connected Learning Symposium at Lasell College occurs twice a year to showcase student work tied to real-world clients and applications outside of the classroom. The event has run since 2002, though this fall's was the first to take on a theme - diversity, equity, and inclusion - as seen in more than half of the day's presentations. The next Symposium will take place at the end of April.

"This symposium was a special one," said Jim Ostrow, vice president for academic affairs. "Students were poised, confident, and creative educators for our community. In praising student work, we also celebrate the superb work of our faculty."

In addition to Barrett's work, the day featured events and presentations including a professional business negotiation for the location of the 2032 Olympics, performance art, sustainable fashion design, media ethics, crime theory, intergenerational genealogy, and more. To learn more about Lasell College and its Connected Learning Symposium, visit

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