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Mock trial team places high at major tournament

Posted on Nov 10, 2011
A UW-Superior mock trial team does well at a major tournament and three students earn awards.

One of the UW-Superior's mock trial teams finished in the top third of a nationally competitive field and three students earned individual awards at the Macalester Trials mock trial competition held Nov. 4-6 at Macalester College in St. Paul.

UW-Superior's team recorded a 5-3 record in a field of 46 teams from around the nation, including Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Macalester College, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota.

Taylor Tengwall and Mark Wick both won an Outstanding Attorney Award in a highly competitive field that required 17 of 20 scores to be recognized. Jeff Anderson was the sole double award winner as Outstanding Witness, the single top achievement of the tournament. 

This year's American Mock Trial Association national case is a fictional DUI and murder case resulting from a car accident that killed a young woman.  UW-Superior competes again at the Macalester II competition in St. Paul on the first weekend in December. 

UW-Superior mock trial team includes 21 students, the largest team fielded in 10 years. Members are Jeff Anderson (captain), Rebecca Anderson, Jensen Anderson, Cody Chaffee (captain), Elliot Charette, Brian DeMar, Brandt Devich (captain), Matt Friberg, Jordin Gegare (captain), Kelsey German, Alicia Kline, James Kolehmainen, Libby Ledin, Jake Lindberg, Samantha Meyers, Colin Pasterski, Taylor Stowell, Taylor Tengwall, Emmanuel  Tucker II (captain), Yer Vang and Mark Wick (captain).   

The team is coached by Dr. Maria Cuzzo of the Legal Studies program; Tracy Schramm (partner in the Bateman and Schramm Law Firm in Duluth); Mark Fruehauf (assistant district attorney with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office); and Julie Johnson (Judicial Law Clerk for the 6th Judicial District Court).  All four coaches are former debaters, speakers, moot court or mock trial participants.

Mock Trial is an academic forensic activity that teaches students how to analyze the law and facts of a case, and to argue and present cases in a trial court. Many of the participating students are majoring in UW-Superior's Legal Studies or Criminal Justice programs. UW-Superior belongs to the American Mock Trial Association and is one of more than 350 universities in the country that take part in mock trial competition.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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