Mock Trial Team Competes at Notre Dame

The William Woods University Mock Trial Team competed in the American Mock Trial Regional competition at Notre Dame University Feb. 23-24. The team performed well against more experienced competitors from much larger schools. Several WWU students also were selected as “Outstanding Attorneys/Witnesses.”

Senior Patrick Perkins of Marshall, Mo., and sophomore Adam Mulari of Omaha, Neb., are team captains. Mock Trial Team members are: senior Maureen Beveridge of Springfield, Ill.; juniors Nick Coleman of Salem, Ark., and Mandy Lambert of Jefferson City, Mo.; sophomore Rebecca Eye of Kimberling City, Mo., and freshmen Leah Novak of St. Louis and Caroline Barber of Oakland, Calif.

The team competed four times, twice as the prosecution and twice as the defense. The case involved a murder at an advertising firm. One of the associates was accused of murdering the senior partner after being denied promotion to partnership.

The WWU team record, which is posted as a vote between two judges in each round of competition, included a 1-1 score against Notre Dame University, a 1-1 score against Michigan State University, and an 0-1 tie against Manchester College and an 0-2 loss against Butler University. All four of these schools have competed in the National Tournament in the past.

In addition to the team scores, the following team members were selected as “Outstanding Attorneys/Witnesses”: Barber, a first, second and third place; Beveridge, two firsts, two seconds and a third; Coleman, a second and two thirds; Eye, a second; Mulari, two firsts and two thirds; Novack, a third, and Perkins, a second and two thirds.

The Mock Trial Team is sponsored by Cynthia Kramer, an attorney and chair of the department of legal studies at WWU.