Lafayette’s mock trial team took third place at the College-hosted Easton Regional Mock Trial Tournament last weekend and will advance to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Opening Round Championship series March 19-20 in Washington, D.C.
Three students took individual honors. Team co-president Caroline Lang ’13 (Yardley, Pa.) received an outstanding attorney award with a perfect score, and Laquan Lightfoot ’11 (Washington, D.C.) and Jessica Youndt ’14 (Terre Hill, Pa.) both received outstanding witness awards.
Sponsored by the AMTA, Lafayette’s competition, which was held in Pardee Hall, was one of 24 official regional tournaments across the nation in February. More than 500 teams from 350 colleges and universities participate at the regional level. Eight teams from each competition advance to the opening round championships, leading to the selection of 48 teams that will compete in the AMTA National Championship Tournament April 15-17.
Last year, Lafayette’s team advanced through the regional round and tied Miami University for first place in the opening round. The win allowed the team to compete in the national championship.
Other students who will compete in Washington, D.C. are co-presidents Alex Caballero ’13 (Allentown, Pa.), Andrew Chun ’12 (Monroe, N.Y.), and Sam Griffith ’13 (Ocean City, N.J.) and team members Jordan Close ’14 (Milford, N.H.), Nick Franchetti ’14 (Voorhees, N.J.), and Lauren Matturri ’14 (Chatham, N.J.).
In mock trial, participants portray attorneys and witnesses to argue a court case. All teams are given the same case to prepare, but changes are incorporated by AMTA as the competition advances to give teams new challenges and force them to create new case theories.