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Mock Trial team opens 2012-2012 season with strong showing

Posted on Oct 16, 2012
UW-Superior's highly regarded mock trial program begins a new season of competition.
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Mock Trial team opens 2012-2012 season with strong showing

UW-Superior's Mock Trial teams last weekend took part in their first invitational meet of the year at the University of Minnesota UMNUMB Tournament in Minneapolis.  Teams 1010 and 1011 finished 3-5 and 2-6, with close ballot losses in several rounds of competition.  

UW-Superior had two individual award winners:  Jeff Anderson of Frederic, Wis., (score of 18 of 20) as an outstanding witness on the defense side of the case and Brandt Devich of Buhl, Minn., (score of 20 of 20) as an outstanding attorney on the plaintiff side of the case.  

Mock trial is an academic, forensic, competitive activity that teaches students who to analyze, present and defend a case to the trial court. UW-Superior is a member of the American Mock Trial Association, which has more than 650 other university teams from around the nation. Students portray attorneys and witnesses to create a legal case. This year's case is a civil case involving wrongful death from a scuba diving accident.   

UW-Superior competed in a field of 20 teams, including those from University of Minnesota, Macalester College, University of St. Thomas, St. Benedict/St. John's University, Hamline, UW Air Force Academy, Drake University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, UW-La Crosse and Bemidji State University. 

The following UW-Superior students earned individual nominations for outstanding attorney performances in rounds of competition:  Cody Chaffee, Alexander Derosier, Trevar Hill, Yer Vang, Brandt Devich, Alexander Rafael, Megan Myer and Cassy Foltz.  

These students earned individual nominations for outstanding witness performances in rounds of competition:  Stacey Peterson, Trevar Hill, Jeff Anderson, Alexander Derosier, Jessica Schubring, Matthew Munkelwitz, Samantha Meyers, Megan Myer, and Kelsey German.  

Other contributing UW-Superior students include Katlyn Shipley, Kyle Johnson, Jordin Gegare, Andrew Hanson, and Libby Ledin. Randy Bender of Lake Superior College observes and helps formulate strategy.  

The team is coached by Dr. Maria Cuzzo (academic coach and professor of Legal Studies), Tracy Schramm (partner in Schramm Law firm of Duluth), Mark Fruehauf (assistant district attorney for Douglas County) and Julie Benfield (Sixth Judicial District Law Clerk).

The team next competes at the Macalester Trials, with more than 50 teams, the weekend of November 2-4 in St. Paul.

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