October 14, 2018

Mock trial team competes at University of Minnesota

UW-Superior’s mock trial team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the annual University of Minnesota UMNUMB Invitational.

UW-Superior’s mock trial team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the annual University of Minnesota UMNUMB Invitational.

Twenty-six teams competed on this year’s American Mock Trial Association civil case

UW-Superior’s mock trial team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the annual University of Minnesota UMNUMB Invitational October 12-14.

Twenty-six teams from across the upper Midwest gathered to compete on this year’s American Mock Trial Association civil case Midlands Television Studies, Inc. v. Danny Kosack. This case involves a late-night television show that had animal trainer Danny Kosack and trained chimpanzee, Elias, as guests. While in rehearsal, Elias went mad and killed a staff member in the studio. The television studios went out of business as a result of the bad publicity and is suing Kosack for negligence. Kosack, in turn, is counter suing the television studies for negligence in improperly preparing to host a live animal on the show.

“Mock trial is one of the largest national undergraduate co-curricular activities in the United States, second only to athletics in the number of students that it involves,” said head mock trial coach Maria Cuzzo. “This is one of the best simulation based activities available to undergraduate students to learn more about the law.”

This year’s mock trial team consists of captains Autumn Bass, Kenneth Benz, Desiray Matthews and Julian Williams along with team members Jeb Leone, Alex DeBlaey, Scott Holmes, Chris Huard, and Bella Gigliotti. The team is coached by Cuzzo, in her 25th year of coaching, Eric and Cassy Burr (former nationally successful mock trial members) and Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf.

The team competes next at the St. Paul Trials hosted by Hamline University and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., the first weekend in November.

UW-Superior’s mock trial team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the annual University of Minnesota UMNUMB Invitational.

UW-Superior’s mock trial team kicked off its 2018-19 season at the annual University of Minnesota UMNUMB Invitational.

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