January 24, 2017

Mock Trial Team keeps winning with 4th place finish at University of St. Thomas Law School Invitational

Team members included Karlie Mattson, Brittany Hewitt, Nick Muska, Autumn
Bass, Jadie Schwartkopf, Melody Maleski, Bella Gigliotti, Scott Holmes,
Kenneth Benz and Reggie Semanko.

Team members included Karlie Mattson, Brittany Hewitt, Nick Muska, Autumn Bass, Jadie Schwartkopf, Melody Maleski, Bella Gigliotti, Scott Holmes, Kenneth Benz and Reggie Semanko.

UW-Superior's Mock Trial came off their first place victory at the UW-Superior Durst invitational tournament in December by winning fourth place at the Hatting University of St. Thomas Law School Invitational. The tournament was held the weekend of January 20-22 at the law school in Minneapolis.

The UW-Superior Mockers earned a 5-3 record to place among a tough pre-regional field. UW-Superior competed against Hamline, UMD, UM Twin Cities, University of Colorado, Carleton College, UM Morris, St. Olaf College and University of St. Thomas. There were 14 teams in the field.

Karlie Mattson was the sole individual award winner on the Plaintiff side of the case as an Outstanding Attorney.

Team members included Mattson, Brittany Hewitt, Nick Muska, Autumn Bass, Jadie Schwartkopf, Melody Maleski, Bella Gigliotti, Scott Holmes, Kenneth Benz and Reggie Semanko. Most members of the team were nominated for individual performance awards in specific rounds of competition.

The team is coached by Dr. Maria Cuzzo, Mark Fruehauf, Jaramy Hansen, Eric Burr and Cassy Burr. Cuzzo serves as Head Coach. Fruehauf is the newly elected Douglas County District Attorney. Hansen, Burr and Burr are all former UW-Superior Mock Trial nationally recognized Mockers and have returned to assist the current team.

This year's case is a civil case of age discrimination. Reilly Winter, aged 50, was fired as the Senior Writer at an on-line magazine called TBD, Inc. He alleges he was fired due to age discrimination. TBD claims that he was not performing in the online digital medium. The case is filled with evidence, exhibits, witnesses, emails, texts and tons of twists and turns.

Mockers construct their case map and then work to respond effectively to the opposition team from another university. The skill involves planning, oral and written skills, thinking on your feet, analytical reasoning and public performance. Mockers are assessed and evaluated by real world lawyers and judges who provide professional feedback on their skills.

The team competes next at the American Mock Trial Association Regional tournament the last weekend in February. Watch for more details on the team's preparation process prior to Regionals. Mock 'n Roll!

Team members included Karlie Mattson, Brittany Hewitt, Nick Muska, Autumn
Bass, Jadie Schwartkopf, Melody Maleski, Bella Gigliotti, Scott Holmes,
Kenneth Benz and Reggie Semanko.

Team members included Karlie Mattson, Brittany Hewitt, Nick Muska, Autumn Bass, Jadie Schwartkopf, Melody Maleski, Bella Gigliotti, Scott Holmes, Kenneth Benz and Reggie Semanko.

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