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Mock Trial wins regional competition

Posted 02/27/03, by Amanda Weatherman

Two teams will complete in national tournament

The Dartmouth Mock Trial Society sent two of its four teams to compete in the Northeast Regional Tournament at St. Johns University in Jamaica, N.Y., in February, and one team won first place among 22 competing teams.

The victory continued what Mock Trial Secretary David Rhinesmith '05 said is the organization's most successful season ever. He said this is the first time a Dartmouth mock trial team has taken first place in a regional tournament.

Team White, led by Jeremy Presser '04, won all of its competitive rounds and consequently the tournament. Team Gold, led by co-captains Cassandra Welch '04 and Jonathan Tullis '05, won half of its rounds, finishing in 11th place.

The first place finish earned team White a bid to a national competition, the National Championship Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, in April. The top three teams from the regional competition move on to the Iowa competition.

"Iowa is the college mock trial's most prestigious tournament," Rhinesmith said. "Our teams are having a really good year."

Victoria Corder '05, a member of Team White, also earned a perfect score and the No. 1 Outstanding Attorney award.

Other teams competed from colleges around the northeast, including Fordham University (2nd place), Yale University (3rd place), St. John's University, Columbia University, Siena College, State University of New York-Binghampton, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Hamilton College, City University of New York-Brooklyn, Pace University, Hamilton College and John Jay College.

The Dartmouth teams were two of Dartmouth's four regional teams, with the first paring of teams having competed at the New England Regional Tournament in Manchester, Conn., two weeks earlier. One of the Dartmouth teams to compete at the Connecticut tournament also won one of three bids to compete at the Iowa tournament.

Every year, the American Mock Trial Association distributes a case file to approximately 250 schools nationwide, each of which assembles up to four teams to compete in one of 17 regional tournaments. Competitions consist of four rounds with two judges each, for a total of eight potential "ballots" to win each tournament.

The competition simulates a real court case, with students playing the roles of attorneys for plaintiff, defense, and as witnesses. Points are awarded based on the students' individual performances. Cases include forensics, expert testimony and sharpened questioning and debating skills.

Team White includes attorneys Jeremy Presser '04, Victoria Corder '05 and Tara Maller '03, and witnesses Joe Ackley '03, Tina Catania '03, Andrew Kraebel '06, Paul Mazzuca '04 and Terri-Anne Segovia '05.

Team Gold includes attorneys Evan Mendelson '06 and Cassandra Welch '04, students who played both attorneys and witnesses Katherine Lawson '06 and Jonathan Tullis '05, and witnesses Lauren Hoehlein '05, Sara Hudson '05, Jason Beeler '06 and Scott Glabe '06.

- Amanda Weatherman

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