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MMC Mock Trial Team Wins 2 Rounds and Spirit of AMTA Award

March 20, 2013
Eleven Marymount Manhattan College students, accompanied by their Faculty Advisor and Coach, Jill Beier, traveled to Yale University to compete in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament.
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The MMC team competed in the tournament with 20 other teams representing schools primarily in the Northeast, such as Yale University, Brandeis University, Boston College, Wellesley and University of Pennsylvania, and finished the tournament winning two of the four rounds in which they competed.

The Mock Trial team spent months studying and analyzing the case materials to create an effective trial strategy that includes dealing with various evidentiary issues, drafting opening and closing statements and drafting direct and cross examinations of the witnesses. Team members who played the witnesses had to develop their characters and understand the importance of each question they were asked on direct and cross examination to help their team present the best case possible. Collectively, the team developed valuable skills such as critical thinking and public speaking, as well as acquired knowledge of legal strategy, practices and procedures.

The MMC team was also awarded the Spirit of AMTA Award which is awarded to the team that exemplifies the ideals of honesty, civility and fair play. 

Presently, AMTA hosts 24 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each season. Approximately 600 teams from over 350 universities and colleges will compete in these tournaments. In total, AMTA provides a forum for over 5,300 undergraduate students each academic year to engage in intercollegiate mock trial competitions across the country.

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