Lewis University Mock Trial Team gets 14th national bid

Lewis University Mock Trial Team gets 14th national bid

Published: March 4, 2014.


Lewis University Mock Trial team members Amber Milliron,
giving testimony as an expert witness, and Anthony Scorzo,
a lawyer for the defense, speak during the 2013 AMTA Mock Trial
Regional Feb. 17 at the Will County courthouse in Joliet.

The Lewis University Mock Trial Team has earned a bid to the national American Mock Trial Association tournament for the 14th time in less than 20 years. The Lewis team will compete in the Opening Round Championship March 14-16 at Washington University in St. Louis - Danforth Campus.

Competing on the Lewis University team at nationals will be Megan Arehart, Ray Banda, David DeSchepper, Maggie Huggins, Michael Noe, Ashley Patek, Martin Romo, Anthony Scorzo, Kat Skinner and Erica Swanberg.

Lewis University’s A Team earned a 10th place finish in regionals, the eighteenth Top Ten regional finish for the two squads on the Lewis University Mock Trial Team.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, praised the team’s remarkable record, noting the dedication of its members through the years. “Mock Trial team members are to be commended for extending the Team’s fine record and for balancing their academic studies with the demanding schedule for Mock Trial which requires study, preparation, practice, critical analysis and performance,” he said.

Each of the Top Ten teams at the Joliet Regional qualified for nationals, including Lewis University, the University of Chicago (Teams A and B), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Teams A and B), Washington University in St. Louis (Team A), Northwestern University (Team A), Luther College (Team A), St. Norbert College (Team A), and the University of Illinois Chicago (Team A).

The Lewis University A Team beat Grinnell College (Team A) and University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Team A) in regionals, lost to UIC Team A and split with Loyola University (Team A), knocking them out of a top ten finish and qualifying for nationals.

Members of the Lewis University Regional Team A included Megan Arehart, David DeSchepper, Audrey Donovan, Maggie Huggins, Amber Milliron, Martin Romo, Anthony Scorzo and Kat Skinner.

Lewis University’s Anthony Scorzo earned Outstanding Attorney Award at the regional competition. David DeSchepper was one point away from earning the honor, while Michael Noe was two points away.

“The B Team finished with the toughest schedule. They gave Michigan their only loss of the competition. The B Team has had tough competition all season long,” Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies and advisor of the Pre-Law program, commented. All four teams that Team B played against earned national bids.

Members of the Lewis University Regional B Team included Ray Banda, Larry Beyer, Darrell Boisdorf, Cedelle Kupfer-Escobedo, Michael Noe, Ashley Patek and Erica Swanberg.

Coaches include Bill Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella Law Firm in Joliet, Cary Hansing and Paul Namie, an attorney in Valparaiso, Ind. All three of the coaches are Lewis alumni and former award-winning members of the Flyers Mock Trial team.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 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 seventh 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.edufor further information.

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