Mock Trial team finishes season at national tournament

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Lewis University Mock Trial team finishes season at national tournament

Published: March 27, 2013.

One ballot made the difference in the Lewis University Mock Trial team progressing to the championship round of the American Mock Trial Association National Tournament. Their season ended when they finished in 10th place after splitting with Loyola University.

Austin McCartney won All-American Witness award. David DeSchepper just missed the honor.

“This was the best we have done in the last few years at nationals. The team’s accomplishments were exceptional, especially considering the challenges they overcame,” commented Head Coach Jim Houlihan, professor and advisor of Pre-Law program.

The team swept Drake University in the first round and lost to Missouri in the second round. Lewis University won and tied with Washburn University in the third round.

Lewis University Team members include Megan Arehart, David DeSchepper, Meghan Gilbert, Cedelle Kupfer-Escobedo, Austin McCartney, Cassandra Myers, and Sara Morgan.

The next competition for members of the Lewis University Mock Trial team is April 12-14 at the National Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competition at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Lewis University students have received more than $300,000 in scholarships during the last five years in the competition.

Coaches for the Lewis Mock Trial team include Dr. Houlihan, head coach; and Lewis alumni William Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella law firm in Joliet as attorney coach, Paul Namie of Sarkisian and Fleming as attorney coach, John Senese of the Peter Francis Geraci Law Offices in Chicago as lead team coach; and Brandi Sanders, special needs counselor, as witness coach.

Lewis University’s Mock Trial Team offers essential learning for those entering the field of law and is one of the strongest programs in the entire nation. Contact Dr. James Houlihan at or 815-836-5313 for more information.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 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.

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