Mock Trial Team Wins Regional to Qualify for National Tournament


Publication Date: 3/4/2009

Rhodes College’s Mock Trial “A” team recently won the Midwest Regional Tournament hosted by Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. The team went undefeated (8-0) to capture the title for the second year in a row.  Both the “A” and “B” team qualified for the opening round of the American Mock Trial Association′s National Tournament at Memphis, which will be held at the Shelby County Courthouse from March 27-29, 2009. 

Rhodes “A” includes Devin Bos ’12, Christopher Burt ’10 (team captain), Jasmine Johnson ’09, Christine Lu ’11, Jordan Russell ’09, Steven Strasberg ’09, and Carly Taylor ’11. All three attorneys (Burt, Strasberg, and Taylor) won All-Regional Attorney awards. Johnson won an All-Regional Witness award.

Rhodes “A” defeated Quincy University “B”, St. Louis University “B”, Truman University “A”, and Missouri State University “A” with a combined point differential of +185.  The team won each of their ballots by an average of more than 22 points, which was one of the largest point differentials in the 25-year history of intercollegiate mock trial, according to Professor Marcus Pohlmann, the coach of the Mock Trial program and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rhodes.

The public is welcome to attend any or all rounds of the upcoming Memphis competition.