Lewis University Student David DeSchepper became a two-time All American with his designation as an Outstanding Attorney Award at the American Mock Trial Association St. Louis Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) Tournament. It was the 14th time in 18 years that Lewis University students and alumni participated the national competition.
Competing on the Lewis University team at nationals were Megan Arehart, Ray Banda, David DeSchepper, Maggie Huggins, Michael Noe, Ashley Patek, Martin Romo, Anthony Scorzo, Kat Skinner and Erica Swanberg.
“The Lewis University Mock Trial season ended in much the same manner as the entire season, tough close, well-fought battles against top flight opposition. It was the opening round to the Championships (ORCS) so it wasn’t surprising that Lewis drew high ranking opponents,” Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies and adviser of the Pre-Law program, commented.
Lewis University split each of the first three rounds against University of Colorado, Central Missouri University and Drake University. All the scores for either side were single digit differences. As a result, Lewis University drew Northwestern University for the final round. The winner in that final round match could earn the final bid to the national championship finals. Northwestern University swept Lewis University but again with single digit differences, -5 and -7.
Several Lewis university students performed exceptionally as individuals. Anthony Scorzo, a junior, took high marks, just missing an Outstanding Attorney Award. Freshmen Ray Banda, Erica Swanberg and Ashley Patek all came close to top witness awards, Banda missed by one point.
“It was a tough finish to an excellent performance in ORCS, considering that the Lewis University team was composed of six first year players on the 10-person team. All members played and all played very well, receiving individual ranks from the judges in each round. Lewis University loses only one senior, albeit a critical one, with Mike Noe graduating in May. Mike finished his career with a very strong conclusion of three individual awards in the final competition before ORCS and demonstrating leadership throughout the season,” Houlihan concluded.
He continued to point out the success of the team throughout the 2013-2014 season despite a vast majority of new members on the team. Lewis University B team, dominated by rookies, finished the season strong.
“The coaches, Bill Rock, Paul Namie and Cary Hansing were the prime reason for the success of the team. Their work made it possible for all the players to adjust to the large influx of new members, the constantly changing roles until late in the season (usually not done,) and the exposure to constant top competition putting forth more effort against Lewis University due to our reputation and rank,” Houlihan said.
Coaches include Bill Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella Law Firm in Joliet, Cary Hansing is financial analyst, 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.edu for further information.
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