A strong finish to a slow start at the 24th Annual National Invitational Tournament at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, resulted in four individual awards for members of the Lewis University Mock Trial team. The competition is the largest and oldest mock trial tournament in the nation.
A member from each Lewis University Mock Trial squads (Team, A, B and C) won individual awards. Michael Park and Joshua Rehak won Outstanding Attorney awards. Rehak earned a perfect score. Kevin Whelehan and freshman Mary Bradley earned Outstanding Witness awards.
The Loyola University team was undefeated and won the tournament of 70 teams. The Lewis B team finished in 14th place, just missing the top 10 teams. Lewis A team earned 26th place; only 1 point behind the B team. The Lewis C team finished in 54th place.
Lewis A team members include: Martell Khattab, Sara Morgan, Cassandra Myers, Michael Park, Nicole Tucker, Tiffany Wasilewski and Kevin Whelehan. Lewis B team members include: Megan Arehart, David DeSchepper, Cary Hansing, Michael Noe, Ron Jovi Ramirez, Joshua Rehak and Danielle Volk. Lewis C team members include: Mary Bradley, Vilius Butauskas, Kelly Casey, Brianna Diaz, Vanessa Reynoso and Anthony Scorzo.
“We were a little rusty after several weeks of not competing. However, we finished strong and we are certainly on our way,” commented Dr. James Houlihan, head coach. Lewis performed exceptionally well on the second day with an 8-2 record for that day.
Competition continues for the Lewis University Mock Trial team Feb. 4-5 as the C team contends in the Regional Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lewis A and B teams will compete in the Regional Tournament Feb. 18-19 at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet. Lewis University will host the tournament that sends qualifying teams to the national tournament. The Feb. 18-19 event is free and open to the public. Rounds begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 18, and 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19.
Dr. James Houlihan, professor and director of the Pre-Law program at Lewis University, is the head coach of the team. Brandi Sanders is the witness coach and a Lewis graduate student. William Rock of of Block Klukas & Manzella Law Firm in Joliet is the attorney coach. John Senese of the Peter Francis Geraci Law Offices in Chicago is the lead team coach.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 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 aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth 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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