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Professor Pohlmann Recognized for Mock Trial Service

Publication Date: 3/25/2011

Professor Pohlmann at a Mock Trial practice session

The Rhodes Mock Trial teams presented a plaque from Rhodes President Dr. William E. Troutt to Dr. Marcus D. Pohlmann, professor of political science and the college’s Mock Trial coach for the past 25 years, expressing Rhodes’ gratitude for Pohlmann’s service.

Rhodes alumna Anna Smith, who is an attorney coach for the Rhodes teams, made the presentation this afternoon on campus. Rhodes is hosting an opening round of the 2011 American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament this weekend (March 25-27) at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Mock Trial is an academic activity designed to challenge students who are interested in law, debate, or other forms of forensics. After joining the Rhodes faculty in 1986, Pohlmann established the Mock Trial program. The Rhodes teams have brought home the championship trophy in 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995.

In addition, Pohlmann is a past president of the American Mock Trial Association and a member of the American Mock Trial Association Hall of Fame. Four years ago, his alma mater—Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa—named its annual competition the Marcus D. Pohlmann Mock Trial Invitational.

“Professor Pohlmann has dedicated 25 years to making Rhodes Mock Trial not only a great experience, but also a top program in the country,” remarked one student.

Tags: Campus Life, Events, Faculty, Honors, President, Students


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