Mock Trial Team Competes in Opening Round Championship Series

Opening Round Championship Series Mock Trial Team
Opening Round Championship Series Mock Trial Team
Hamilton’s Mock Trial team placed 12th (out of 24) at its Opening Round Championship Series competition held March 13-14 at Pace Law School. Competing on Hamilton’s team were Dorian Bakogiannis ’10, Liz Farrington ’10, Noah Bishop ’11, Julia Goldstein ’12, Beth O’Meara ’12, Tyler Roberts ’12, Alex Rued ’12, Ian Thresher ’12, Libby Gutschenritter ’13 and Marta Johnson ’13.

The field was competitive as some of the best teams in the country were in attendance. These included New York University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, Cornell and Georgetown, among others. The Hamilton team faced St. John’s University, Seton Hall, Princeton and Dickinson College. Both Seton Hall and Dickinson finished in the top six at the tournament which qualified them to advance to the National Championship Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.

This year’s 12th place finish was one of the best finishes in the history of Hamilton’s Mock Trial program which was started in 2002, and a significant improvement over last year when the team finished second to last. The team lost two ballots by only one point. Winning just one more ballot would have put the team in sixth place and earned them a spot in the National Championship Tournament.

Tyler Roberts commented, “Although it was disappointing to miss out on the National Championship Tournament by such a close margin, there are a few bright spots. First, we have a very young team and are optimistic about the next couple of years. Just making it to the Opening Round Championship Series is an accomplishment, " he said, "especially for a school the size of Hamilton. Also, Julia Goldstein ’12 won a witness award for her portrayal of Sydney Michaels—the victim’s assistant.”
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