IUP Mock Trial Team Wins Best Attorney and Mock Trial Spirit Award

Posted on 2/24/2015 3:51:40 PM

IUP's mock trail team wins Best Attorney and Mock Trail Spirit Award during the 2015 American Mock Trail Competition.On February 14 and 15, 2015, the IUP Mock Trial Team competed at the American Mock Trial Competition, which featured teams from New York University, Michigan State, Carnegie Mellon, and Kent State.

In only our second appearance at this competition in recent years, mock trial president Emily Gaertner, philosophy/pre-law and criminology, won best overall attorney, out-performing a field of over 150 other student competitors. In addition, the IUP Mock Trial Team won the American Mock Trial Association award for Spirit, which is awarded to the team that best upholds the values of the competition, including teamwork, enthusiasm, and cooperation.

The round-robin competition is based on a complex national legal case which requires the students to conduct a full trial with witnesses, cross examinations, and exhibits and follow the federal rules of evidence. It requires the student to devise a proper trial strategy, implement good questioning, and incorporate evidence in an effective manner.

“I applaud the team for all of their hard work and effort,” said Brion Scudder, Finance and Legal Studies professor and mock trial team faculty adviser. “I look forward to next year’s competition.” 

—Brion Scudder

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology