Lewis University’s Mock Trial team divided its talents and competed at two competitions Dec. 7-8, sending teams to participate in the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn., and the Illini Invitational in Champaign . The team that went to Yale finished in the top 10 among 44 teams.
At the Yale event, Lewis split with Yale in the opening round and swept the University of Pennsylvania and Hamline University of St. Paul, Minn. Playing for first going into the final round against Massachusetts’ Brandeis University, Lewis was knocked down to a 10th place finish in the final round. Fractions of points separated the teams in the top 10. Just seven points separated Lewis from fifth place New York University.
Michael Noe and Anthony Scorzo from Lewis were both awarded the Outstanding Witness Award. Only 14 among more than 300 individuals received this honor.
Other Lewis competitors at the Yale Invitational were: Megan Arehart, David DeSchepper, Maggie Huggins, Andrew Lichtenstein and Kat Skinner.
In Champaign, the team of Ray Banda, Larry Beyer, Darrell Boisdord, Amber Milliron, Ashley Patek, Martin Romo and Erica Swanberg finished in 18th place. They competed against the University of Illinois, Elmhurst College, Northwestern University and DePaul University. “All the team players played and scored well,” stated Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies; advisor of the Pre-Law program and moderator of the Mock Trial team.
“The Mock Trial team continues to compete among top schools in the country,” noted Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. “By doing so, the students experience a level of thoughtful preparation and intense competition that will prepare them for careers in law or related fields.”
Coaches include Bill Rock, an attorney, Cary Hansing and Paul Namie. All three of the coaches are Lewis alumni and former award-winning members of the Flyers Mock Trial team.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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