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Rhodes College to Host National Mock Trial Tournament April 16-18

Publication Date: 4/7/2010

Rhodes will host the 2010 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament April 16-18. Memphis will be only the fourth city to host the nationals which is open to the public.

The mock trials will take place in the courtrooms at the Shelby County Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Complex. Celebrity judges for the final round include Tennessee Chief Justice Janice Holder, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., Federal District Chief Judge Jon McCalla, Federal District Judge Bernice Donald, and Memphis Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.

Competing will be the best 48 college mock trial teams in the nation representing the following schools: Arizona State University, Boston University, Brown University, University of California at Irvine, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia University, Cornell College, Dickinson College, Duke University,  Eastern Michigan University, Furman University, University of Georgia, Gonzaga University, Harvard University, University of Iowa, Lafayette College, Lake Forest College, Loyola University at Chicago, Miami University, University of Michigan, Northwood University, University of Notre Dame, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Rochester University, Rhodes College, St. Olaf College, Seton Hall University, University of Texas, Tufts University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Wisconsin at Superior, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, and Yale University.

Representing Rhodes are Carly Taylor (captain), Scot Allison, Devin Bos, Maggie Cupit, Pauline Dyer, Kelsey Hope, Katelyn Munsey, Kashan Pathan, Michael Polovich, and Steven Strasberg.

Mock trial uses a legal format (opening statements, witness and cross examinations, closing arguments, etc.) to hold either a criminal or civil simulated trial. Teams consist of three attorneys and three witnesses on each side, and are judged by evaluators using a set of scoring criteria. This year’s case is a criminal problem alleging a co-conspiracy to murder one of the partners in a major movie production company.

The Rhodes team, coached by Professor Marcus Pohlmann, has won four national championships and made it to the national final round on three other occasions. Rhodes also holds the nation’s record for consecutive championship tournament appearances at 24 straight years.

According to Pohlmann, “Mock trial is great competitive fun and outstanding preparation for virtually any profession. We are extremely honored to have been chosen to host this year’s finals and have every intention of making this the best championship tournament yet.”

The tournament schedule is as follows:
 
April 16, 2010 (Friday) 
4:00 p.m.  ROUND ONE, Shelby County Courthouse

April 17, 2010 (Saturday)
9:30 a.m.  ROUND TWO, Shelby County Courthouse
2:30 p.m. ROUND THREE, Shelby County Courthouse

April 18, 2010 (Sunday)
9:30 a.m. ROUND FOUR, Shelby County Courthouse
1:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon, Silky Sullivan’s (183 Beale Street)
4:00 p.m. NATIONAL FINAL ROUND, University of Memphis Law School

For more information about the tournament, contact Dr. Marcus Pohlmann at (901) 843-3843 or visit http://orgs.rhodes.edu/mock/tournament_schedule.shtml

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