April 3, 2006

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Mock Trial attorney M. Allison Smith (left) leads her witness, Mandy Valentine, through some expert testimony.
Mock Trial attorney M. Allison Smith (left) leads her witness, Mandy Valentine, through some expert testimony.

The verdict is in: BGSU Mock Trial Team in top 10 nationally

The months of long hours and intense preparation have paid off-BGSU’s Mock Trial Team not only made it to the national tournament, but once again bettered its standing. The team tied for 10th place at the annual competition, held March 17-19 in St. Paul, Minn.

This is the third year in a row BGSU has earned a spot at the national event, to which only the top 15 percent of teams are invited. And the team has improved each time: The University’s first team, in 2003-04, finished 34th at the tournament; last year’s team finished 23rd. Now the team has moved up to 10th, in a tie with the University of Wisconsin, Drake University and the University of Chicago.

In each of the last two years, BGSU has had two students among the 40 Intercollegiate All-American Mock Trial members, named by the American Mock Trial Association. They are chosen from the roughly 4,800 college students from 600 colleges competing in the program annually.

Also, this year, BGSU has the third-ranked mock trial attorney in the country: M. Allison Smith, a junior from Hamilton majoring in social work.

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