Mock Trial members earn more than $330,000 in scholarships

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Mock Trial team members’ success adds up to more than $330,000 in scholarships

Published: May 27, 2013.

2013 Mock Trial Team

Lewis University Mock Trial team continued its record of success by finishing in the top ten of the 10th Annual John Marshall Law School National Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial tournament.

This tournament is different from others. The competition organizers formed 18 teams with 56 individuals from 22 colleges and universities, such as Indiana University; DePaul University; SUNY Oneonta; University of Illinois in Champaign; Robert Morris University; Dillard University; Curry College; Louisiana Tech; Georgia Tech: Chicago State.

Competition teams led by Cary Hansing, Natosha Burton and Cedelle Kuper-Escobedo finished high in the standings. The teams led by Hansing (5th place) and Burton (6th place) finished in the top ten. By two points, Hansing’s team missed fourth place, the last one receiving awards. Burton finished in eighth place as an individual.

Hansing finished third in the individual standings, receiving a $6,000 stipend. Members of the Lewis University Mock Trial Team have won approximately $330,000 in scholarship stipend awards in six years.

“The accomplishments of the Lewis students were even more remarkable since, due to the cancellation of the Midwest Regional, they were unable to compete with the case as others had in the other regions. They also competed against the majority of the same competitors at the nationals,” Dr. Jim Houlihan, professor and advisor of pre-law program.

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 and Paul Namie of Sarkisian and Fleming as attorney coach.

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. Contact Dr. James Houlihan at or 815-836-5313 for more information.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition 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 seventh 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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