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Regional Mock Trial Tournament Returns to Hilltop

January 24, 2014

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For the third year in a row, Saint Anselm College is proud to host the Northeast Regional Mock Trial Tournament for the American Mock Trial Association January 31 - February 2, 2014. Four rounds of competition are organized, with Round 1 on Friday evening; Rounds 2 and 3 on Saturday; Round 4 concludes the weekend on Sunday, which will then be followed by an Awards Banquet in Davison Hall.

"Being chosen three years in arrow as a host is a testament to the welcoming environment we have here at Saint Anselm," said Jean Couture, director of student activities at Saint Anselm and co-host (along with Fr. Mathias Durette, O.S.B.) for the tournament.  "It also speaks volumes to our Benedictine tradition." 

The Saint Anselm mock trial team was founded four years ago by alumnae Alyssa Hatem '12 and Alexandra Puglisi '11. It has grown exponentially in that time, celebrating significant victories and earning respect from the mock trial community. This year, the college will field a team of 10 students who will compete against 23 other teams from schools such as Dartmouth, Boston Colllege, Tufts, Brown, Bowdoin, and others. Students will fill the roles of attorneys and witnesses. A total of 71 judges will also be involved, many of them Saint Anselm alumni.

"Mock Trial allows our students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills under pressure and in front of real attorneys and judges," said Couture. "It's also an opportunity to network with other students and alumni from around the region."

The top seven teams will receive a bid to an Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) tournament in March. After the ORCS round, the top six teams from each ORCS tournament will receive a bid to the National Championship Tournament in Florida in April.