Lewis University Mock Trial students earned close to $30,000 in scholarship funds at The John Marshall Law School competition Feb. 26-27 in Chicago. The scholarships are for the undergraduate students to utilize during studies at The John Marshall Law School. In the last five years, Lewis University students have earned $226,000 in scholarships at this competition.
In addition to the awards being scholarships, the competition is unique by the way it divides university teams and creates teams with students from various institutions. Lewis University had eleven students compete on different teams for the event. Lewis students competing in the competition included: Vilius Butauskas, Kelly Casey, Brianna Diaz, Lena Hallaj, Cary Hansing, Sean Lenckus, Sara Morgan, Ben Pavur, Ron Jovi Ramirez, Andrea Thompson and Vanessa Reynoso.
Lewis students won six of eight awards distributed at the competition. Lewis students won first, second and third with their competition team. Lewis students also earned individual awards for first, third and fourth places.
Lena Hallaj led the first place team that won $7,500 for each of the three team members. Ron Jovi Ramirez and Andrea Thompson led the second place team that won $5,000 for each team member. Sara Morgan led the third place team, which won $3,500 for each team member. Sean Lenckus led the fifth place team, which missed fourth place by three points. Cary Handing’s sixth place team finished behind the fifth place team by a half point.
Individually, five Lewis students finished in the top 10 of 42 participants. Sara Morgan won $7,500 and first place honors. Lena Hallaj won $3,500 with third place honors. Ron Jovi Ramirez won $2,5000 with fourth place. Just a half point behind was Sean Lenckus in fifth place. In eighth place was Brianna Diaz, three quarters of a point behind Lenckus.
Coaches for the Lewis Mock Trial Team include Dr. James Houlihan as Head Coach, professor and director of Pre-Law program; Lewis alumni William Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella law firm in Joliet as Attorney Coach, John Senese of the Peter Francis Geraci Law Offices in Chicago as Lead Team Coach; and Brandi Sanders, a graduate student as Witness 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.
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