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Mock Trial Bound for Nationals


Hamilton’s Mock Trial team is off to Cincinnati to compete in the American Mock Trial Association's annual national tournament April 17-19.

The team came in third at the Opening Round Championship (ORCs) at Penn State University in March, granting them a bid to the national competition, being hosted by the University of Cincinnati.

Hamilton’s team includes co-captains Amber Groves ’15 and Maggie McGuire ’15, Ian Carradine ’15, Hunter Green ’16, Andrew Fischer ’17, Caroline Reppert ’17, Sam Weckenman ’17, Ryan Bloom ‘18, and Conor O’Shea ’18.

The National Championship Tournament (NCT) is the final round of the American Mock Trial Association's annual national tournament structure.  The NCT hosts the top six teams from each of AMTA's ORCS tournaments in March. Only 48 teams will advance and compete in the National Championship Tournament.  These 48 teams will be divided into two "divisions" of 24 teams each.  The first-place teams from each will face off in AMTA's National Championship Final Round.

AMTA annually releases a case problem that is used in AMTA-sanctioned competitions for the duration of that academic year, with AMTA periodically releasing updates to the case problem throughout the season. 

This year’s case was a complicated civil suit.  The AMTA website summarized the case: “In 2010, Sydney Park invited classmate Jesse Duran to hang out at the Parks’ home.  Both children were 11 years old.  The Parks keep a gun in their home.  That morning, the gun was discharged, killing one of the children.  The victim's parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the shooter's parents.”

Qualifying teams will argue a new case that was announced for the national competition.

Other teams advancing to nationals from the Penn State round are Cornell University, Harvard University, Howard University, Yale University and Tufts University.

This marks the third time that Hamilton’s Mock Trial team has advanced to nationals.

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