The 2008 Mock Trial Team (Back row, left to right) Bethany Nanamaker, Daniel Weckesser, Uriah Harrell, Justin Rex, Kendall Johnson, Alex Brown, Bobbee Campbell. (Front row from left to right) Maureen Cosgrove, Lauren Biksacky, Allison Smith, Erin Wenger, Jill Hagerman, Julie Swensen (Not pictured: Shannon Rawski, James Longley)
BGSU Mock Trial Team is 2008 regional champion
The BGSU Mock Trial team continues to dominate in competition, reports Dr. M. Neil Browne, the team’s advisor.
The lead team of the two from BGSU that went to regional competition in late February won the tournament, defeating host Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Oberlin and Case Western, among others.
Also, “this year for the first time in our program's history, we have two teams qualifying for a National Championship Tournament,” added Browne, a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of economics. Teams that finish in the top six earn a bid to the tournament. About 10 percent of the roughly 700 teams each year advance to the national level.
For the last five years, BGSU has had a team that finished in the top six at the regional level.
At the end of the tournament, 20 individuals are chosen as All-Regional Attorneys and All-Regional Witnesses. BGSU students on the two teams at the regional tournament comprised 7 percent of the total participants in the tournament, but won 30 percent of the individual awards.
“No other Mock Trial Program at the tournament won more than 10 percent of the individual awards,” Browne noted.
March 17, 2008