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Fantastic Flyer Invitational proved to be tough court battle

Fantastic Flyer Invitational proved to be a tough court battle

Published: December 4, 2012.

The Lewis University Mock Trial team recently hosted the Fantastic Flyer Invitational on the Lewis University Romeoville campus. “This was one of the tightest scoring Flyer tournaments in history,” commented Dr. James Houlihan, Lewis University Mock Trial head coach. Lewis University teams took fourth and seventh place, while Northwestern University took first and third. Defending champions, Loyola University finished second, all within one and a half ballots of each other.

Three players from the Lewis University team that finished seventh won individual awards. Veteran Tiffany Wasilewski and newcomers Faizan Tanvir and Amber Milliron each received Outstanding Witness awards. Natosha Burton missed Outstanding Attorney honors by one point. The other Lewis University team showed a strong team effort with a fourth place team finish, however their individual scores were not high enough to secure individual awards.

Participating schools included: Carthage College, Columbia College, Mo., Illinois State University, Lake Forest College, Lewis University, Loras College, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Ohio Northern, University of Illinois-Chicago, U.W. Milwaukee, U.W. Platteville and University of St. Francis.

Coaches for the Lewis Mock Trial team include Dr. Houlihan, head coach; and 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 graduate student Brandi Sanders as witness coach. Attorney Coach Paul Namie of Sarkisian and Fleming is coaching the team this year as well.

Lewis University’s Mock Trial Team offers essential learning for those entering the field of law and is one of the strongest programs in the entire nation – competing nationally and placing in the top 10 regionally over the last seven consecutive years. Contact Dr. James Houlihan at houlihja@lewisu.edu or 815-836-5313 for more information.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 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 connected, 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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