Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department
News and Events Details
The UW-Superior Black Squad for Mock Trial placed in the Honorable Mention category (top 13 team) in a 68 team NATIONAL field of competition this past weekend at the National Mock Trial Invitational Tournament at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. Black Team earned 5 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie, defeating University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Drake University and splitting a ballot with Carthage. We lost two ballots to Macalester, the fifth place team at the tournament.
Jeff Anderson continued his perfect Outstanding Witness Award record for this academic year, earning 18 of 20 points on BOTH sides of the case. Only 18 Outstanding Witness awards were given out of a potential of over 450 Mockers competing. Mark Wick narrowly missed an Outstanding Attorney award.
Other teams in this nationally recognized field included Loyola, U of MN, Loras, Cornell, Drake, U of IL, UW Madison, DePaul, Luther College, Washington University, Bradley University, Creighton University, Grinnell College, Hamline, Illinois State, Iowa State, Lewis, Macalester, Marquette, Michigan State, Morningside College, Nebraska Lincoln, St. Ambrose, St. Louis University, University of Central Missouri, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of South Dakota, UW Milwaukee, UW Platteville, Valpraiso University, Wheaton College and Wilmington College. This tournament is the largest pre-regional tournament in the nation during January. For UW-Superior to place in the top bracket is a huge national accomplishment.
Most Mockers earned Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness individual nominations during at least one round of competition. This year's Mock Trial team includes: Jeff Anderson (captain), Rebecca Anderson, Taylor Tengwall, Mark Wick (captain), Alicia Kline, Jake Lindberg, Samantha Meyers, Yer Vang, Brandt Devich (captain), Cody Chaffee (captain), Libby Ledin (captain), Elliot Charette, James Kolehmainen, Kelsey German, Jordin Gegare (captain), Brian DeMar, Colin Pasterski.
The team is coached by Dr. Maria Cuzzo (Legal Studies), Tracy Schramm (Bateman and Schramm Law Firm), Mark Fruehauf (Douglas County DA) and Julie Johnson Benfield (Sixth Judicial District court clerk).
The team next sees competition at the all important REGIONALS hosted by UW-Superior the weekend of February 10-12, 2012. This is the critical tournament to determine which eight teams will qualify to see national competition at the ORCS tournament in March. A team must place in the top eight positions to qualify.
Everyone is invited to see a round of competition that weekend. Rounds will be held on Friday evening through Sunday morning in Swenson Hall and YU. Postings of individual rounds will be made in YU. The UW-Superior team coding is 1303 and 1304. Friday's round begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays rounds being at 9:30 and 2:30 respectively. Sunday's round begins at 9:30. A round of competition lasts approximately three hours. You must arrive in the room prior to the start of the round--at last 15 minutes in advance. No talking is allowed during a round of competition and no communication can occur with the competitors during a round. You can enter and depart a round when there is a brief pause in the competition but not while competitors are competing actively.
You are all welcome to come and see what our Mockers spend HOURS each week developing---critical thinking, presentation, argumentation, analysis, writing, thinking on their feet. Watch in YU during these next two weeks for additional profiling and more information.
This year's case is a criminal case involving murder and a DUI. Three friends-Danny Dawson, Vanessa Sullivan and Taylor Hobson-went out to celebrate Vanessa's 21st birthday at Chuggie's Bar. A night of partying and drinking occurred followed by a tragic car accident where Vanessa died. Danny Dawson is now charged with murder and DUI. Was this tragic death a MURDER? Was Danny Dawson responsible for Vanessa's death? Come and find out! This case is filled with interesting witnesses (bartenders, servers, parties, police officers, accident reconstructionists, accident witnesses, doctors) and attorneys.
Thanks to SUFAC, the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity (HBJD, Legal Studies (LSTU) and the Provost's office for supporting the ongoing academic and competitive work of the Mock Trial Team! Go, Mockers!!! Mock 'n Roll!!!
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