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MIAMI UNIVERSITY VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 M I A MI M O CK T R I A L MAY 1, 2005 VISIT US AT:HTTP://WWW.MIAMIMOCKTRIAL.ORG MIAMI SNAGS SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE INSIDE THIS ISSUE: REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NEW YORK “BIG 2 For the 2500+ collegiate mock lege. Bowling Green finished nati OH; APPLE” INVITA- trialers across the nation, Feb- second while the other three Nick Borger, freshman pre- TIONAL ruary means one thing: regional Miami squads rounded out the business marketing major from CALIFORNIA competition. The fall and winter top five with third, fourth, and Minneapolis MN. 2 DREAMIN’ invitational competition season fifth place finishes. With its first is over and whether a team and third place finishes, Miami Miami students took four top continues to compete or simply earned the maximum of two attorney awards and seven top JIM LEWIS 3 completes its season is decided bids to the 64-team national witness awards: CHALLENGE at the regional qualifying tour- championship tournament in Jade Smarda, junior, was an- naments in February. Teams April in Des Moines, Iowa while nounced as the tournament’s WHAT EXACTLY 3 IS “MOCK compete in February for the Bowling Green earned the third top attorney while Miami team- TRIAL”? coveted bids to the national and final bid assigned to the mates Kate Bowling, Rob Wal- championship tournament. Of region. ter, and Veronica Ressler were KATE BOWLING 4 the 450+ teams, only 64 will also honored as outstanding BECOMES 5TH MIAMI ALL- qualify and no more than two Members of the championship attorneys. AMERICAN AT- teams per school may qualify. Miami squad are: TORNEY John McNulty, senior political Bowling doubled her attorney The four veteran Miami mock science major from Rocky River award by also receiving an out- trial squads were in regional OH; standing witness award on the competition February 4-6, 2005 Rob Walter, senior political defense side of the case. at the Butler County Court- science major from Kettering She was joined by Miami team- house in Hamilton. For the sev- OH; mates Melissa Mathias, Ken enth consecutive year and for Ken Grose, senior finance ma- Grose, John McNulty, Dan the ninth time out of the last jor from Hartville OH; Amodio, Scott Finney, and Paul ten years, Miami walked away Lindsay Richards, junior organ- Leesemann as outstanding with the 1st place trophy. It was izational leadership major from witnesses. the only squad to complete the Worthington OH; tournament undefeated while Carmen Brown, junior finance snatching victories from Ohio major from Pickerington OH; State, Iowa State, University of Stephanie Patton, junior politi- MIAMI MOCK Cincinnati and Wilmington Col- cal science major from Cincin- TRIAL FACTS: MIDEAST REGIONAL • Miami has qualified CHAMPION SQUAD for the National Cham- pionship Tournament in Des Moines each From left to right (back year since 1995 row): Nick Borger, John McNulty, Ken Grose, • Miami was won nine Rob Walter out of the last ten From left to right (front Mideast Regional row): Stephanie Patton, Championships Carmen Brown, Lind- say Richards • Miami claimed the 2001 National Mock Trial Championship VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 Page 2 MIAMI TAKES NYC “BIG APPLE” CHAMPIONSHIP At the Northwestern Two Miami veteran mock trial The final top ten for the tour- Senior Women’s Studies/ Competition in teams survived the blizzard nament: Political Science major Jes- Chicago, the two of 2005 in New York City the 1)Miami sica Zetwick from Grove City Michigan squads weekend of January 22-23 2)University of Kansas and James Ferguson, junior as well as the but it is questionable if New 3)Macalester College Political Science major from Illinois team were York survived the Miami 4)Notre Dame Pickerington, were named undefeated in the Mock Trial blizzard. two of the tournament’s out- competition 5)University of Virginia standing witnesses. Miami claimed 1st and 10th 6)Yale except for losses places at the tournament, 7)Columbia This was the final warmup for to Miami. recognized as one of the 8)Furman these two Miami squads as Washington most prestigious and com- 9)Columbia they prepared for the regional University went petitive in the nation. Miami 10)Miami competition hosted by Miami undefeated as defeated Columbia in the February 4-6 at the Butler final round to claim the vic- well until facing a County Courthouse in Hamil- tory having posted wins in Miami squad. ton. earlier rounds against Kan- sas and Yale. MIAMI TAKES ON BIG TEN AT NORTHWESTERN TOURNAMENT AND PAC 10...“CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’”—UCLA INVITATIONAL What do Northwestern, Stan- combined record of 25-6-1, Miami squads at the Northwestern competition simply lined ford, Michigan, and Washing- including the number one up the Big Ten and mowed them down. In fact, the two ton University have in com- spot at Northwestern. A total Michigan squads as well as the Illinois team were unde- mon besides being top-notch of 74 teams from 40+ univer- feated in the competition except for losses to Miami. Wash- educational institutions? sities competed in both tour- ington University went undefeated as well until facing a Mi- They were all victims of Mi- naments: 38 at UCLA and 36 ami squad. ami University’s mock trial at Northwestern. program at the UCLA and Kate Bowling, senior political science major, was awarded The only squads to actually an outstanding attorney award as well as an outstanding Northwestern Invitational defeat a Miami squad on two witness award at Northwestern. Tournaments January 15-17, ballots were defending na- 2005. ___________________________________________________ tional champions UCLA and What do Minnesota, Wiscon- the top University of Southern Miami Squad #994 is seen below enjoying some sightseeing sin, Illinois, Iowa, Northwest- California squad. However, in LA while out there competing at the UCLA Invitational: ern, and Michigan have in PAC 10 foes Stanford and common other than compris- Arizona were not so fortunate From left to right: Bob Green, Carl Grimm, Dan Richards, ing over half of the Big 10?… when facing a Miami squad. Jessica Best, Jade Smarda, Paul Leesemann, Mike Nowak yes….right again…. They, too, were all victims of Miami University’s mock trial pro- gram at the UCLA and North- western Invitationals. Now, also throw in victorious Miami ballots against Ari- zona, Weber State, Hamline, Kansas, and Western Michi- gan and you get the picture of these competitions….Two veteran Miami squads ven- tured to frigid Chicago and two veteran Miami squads ventured to balmy Los Ange- les and came away with 1st, 2nd,and honorable mention finishes from the two tourna- ments compiling a stellar VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 Page 3 JAMES LEWIS CHALLENGE FOR THE Mock Trial MIAMI MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM provides one of Jim Lewis, Miami alum- Fund will ensure that this donation in a fund that nus, has issued a chal- quality program will con- “makes a difference,” the best means lenge to all Miami alums tinue to provide Miami please contact Mike Kum- to teach in both the legal and busi- students with an enriching ler, Miami University De- ness communities. and exciting experience velopment office, at : students critical that will aid them with the thinking, Jim is matching $1 for email@example.com decision-making skill set every $3 which is donated needed in every business or call 513-529-1957. problem-solving to the Mock Trial Endow- or legal setting. ment Fund. With a goal of and nearly one million dollars, For those of you looking the Mock Trial Endowment to place a tax deductible communication skills. FOUR VETERAN 2004-05 MIAMI MOCK TRIAL SQUADS WITH 1ST, 3RD, 4TH, AND 5TH PLACE REGIONAL TROPHIES Case-in-chief. Each side then presents a case-in-chief (plaintiff or prosecution first) in which three witnesses testify. During the case-in-chief, opposing counsel has the opportunity to cross examine witnesses in order to damage their credibility or mini- mize the impact of their testimony thereby helping to prove their own case by disprov- ing the opposing side’s case. Closing arguments. To conclude a trial, attorneys from each side give closing argu- ments, in which they summarize the evi- dence presented and use it to argue their case. Scoring. Mock Trial is not won or lost based on the merits of the case—whether or not WHAT EXACTLY IS “MOCK TRIAL”? the prosecution (plaintiff) meets its bur- den—but on how well the student partici- pants perform and how clearly they articu- The American Mock Trial Association Rules of Evidence. The case can be late their case theory through witness testi- either criminal or civil, alternating each mony. Each participant is scored on a 1-10 Mock Trial is an intercollegiate competi- year. This variation gives students in- tion among schools that are members of basis. The participants are scored by two sights into two different fields of law. judges (often trial lawyers or judges). At the American Mock Trial Association As with any legal case, there is a prose- (AMTA). Today, almost 300 schools na- the end of a four-round tournament, eight cution (or, in a civil case, a plaintiff) and ballots have been scored for each team. tionwide, some of which have as many a defense. Students from one member as five teams, are members of AMTA. school represent one side and compete Tournament Competition. Most tourna- Member schools include nationally against students from another school ments consist of four rounds of competi- prominent institutions such as Harvard, who present the opposing side. In com- tion. After the first round, teams will have Michigan, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, petition, teams represent both the a record based on whether they have won, University of Chicago, and University of plaintiff and defendant in successive lost, or tied the two judges’ ballots from Maryland. rounds. that round. Go to http:www.collegemocktrial.org Opening Statements. Every trial begins Awards and Honors. At the end of a tourna- Cases and Rules with an opening statement from each ment, awards are given based on team and side. Opening statements serve as individual performances throughout the At the beginning of each year, teams are road maps for the judge and jury; they tournament. Team awards are based given a fictional legal case, complete detail the information to be provided by strictly on a team’s record at the end of a with witness affidavits and applicable each of the witnesses who will testify. tournament. case law. Mock Trial uses the Federal Miami Mock Trial ence major from Mason OH; Law School Mandy Aquino, senior general major from North Canton OH; Law School MIAMI UNIVERSITY Adam Davis, senior political science major from Medina OH; John Marshall Law School, Miami Mock Trial Program Cleveland Daniel J. Herron, Director Jessica Zetwick, senior political Dept of Finance-120 Upham Hall science major from Grove City OH; George Washington Univ Oxford OH 45056 Law School Phone: 513-529-1574 Jolene Meiring, junior political E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org science major from Sylvania OH URL: www. MiamiMockTrial.org Jade Smarda, junior English major from Fairfield OH Ryan Snyder, sophomore politi- cal science major from Akron OH KATE BOWLING, 2005 MIAMI ALL-AMERICAN Team #993 John McNulty, senior political KATE BOWLING BECOMES MIAMI’S science major from Rocky River OH; employment in Wash DC FIFTH ALL-AMERICAN ATTORNEY AT Rob Walter, senior political sci- NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ence major from Kettering OH; Notre Dame Law School COMPETITION Ken Grose, senior finance major from Hartville OH; Harvard Law School In a knock-down, drag out fight and tied ballots to the Univer- given to the top 20 attorneys from to the finish, the two Miami sity of Iowa and lost both bal- over 380 total. She is the first Veronica Ressler, senior journal- national mock trial teams fin- lots to Furman University by two woman from Miami to win this ism major from Parma OH; ished at 16th and 18th places points on one ballot and one honor, joining previous Miami Lindsay Richards, junior organ- at the Mock Trial National point on the other. recipients: Dan Haughey (1996, izational leadership major from Championship tournament 1997), Jeramie Lawson (2000), Miami Team #993 defeated Worthington OH; April 8-10 in Des Moines, Ryan Sobel (2001), and Brad Kef- Iowa. Sixty-four teams had Marquette University on both fer (2002, 2003, 2004). Stephanie Patton, junior political qualified for the national com- ballots; split two ballots (won science major from Cincinnati petition from over 560 regis- one and lost one) with Stanford With her All-American witness OH; tered teams this year. Miami University and while losing two awards from two years ago and had qualified the maximum of ballots to Notre Dame and los- last year, Bowling is the only Mi- Nick Borger, freshman pre- two teams by virtue of placing ing one and tieing one ballot to amian to earn both attorney and business marketing major from first and third at the Mideast Columbia University. witness All-American during her Minneapolis MN Regional Competition in Febru- Miami mock trial career. ary, earning an eleventh con- UCLA and Georgia Tech played secutive spot in the national for the national title with UCLA Emma Dill, first year coach, sen- championship competition and successfully defending its na- Members of this year’s national ior English major from Worthing- a seventh consecutive regional tional championship. squads (seniors are bolded): ton OH—Vanderbilt Law School championship. Team #992 Kate Bowling, a senior Political Miami Team #992 won two Science major and 2001 Hamil- Kate Bowling, senior political sci- ballots from the College of Wil- ton Badin High School graduate ence major from Hamilton OH; liam and Mary; won one ballot (and Badin mock trialer) re- Univ Dayton Law School and tied one ballot to the Uni- ceived an All-American Award versity of Kansas; but then lost as an attorney. This award is Scott Finney, senior political sci- THE MIAMI MOCK TRIAL TEAMS ARE COACHED BY PROFESSORS WAYNE STATON, DANIEL HAUGHEY, AND DAN HERRON FROM THE RICHARD T. FARMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. JAMIE SMITH, GRADUATE ASSISTANT, AND EMMA DILL, SENIOR, COACHED THE FIRST YEAR SQUADS THIS YEAR.
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