Students Have Best Showing Yet at Mock Trial Tournament

Students Have Best Showing Yet at Mock Trial Tournament

February 04, 2015

Lasell's mock trial team had its best showing yet in American Mock Trial Association competition at the regional tournament held at Boston College last weekend.

The Lasell Student Intercollegiate AMTA Mock Trial team, consisting mostly of freshmen and juniors, competed January 31 - February 1 against other colleges and universities including Boston University, Boston College, Columbia University and Holy Cross.

The team finished the tournament with a 4-4 record, defeating teams from Vassar College and Brandeis University, according to team coach and adjunct faculty member Steven Rosenthal.

This year's team achieved its best showing since it began AMTA competition and since the Mock Trial Practicum was introduced to the Lasell curriculum, he added.

The team tried a complicated wrongful death case four times as either plaintiffs or defendants during the two-day tournament. Each trial was scored by two judges.

According to Rosenthal, this year's fact pattern was particularly difficult, since teams did not know until just before trial which of two possible tort cases could be used. Students had to be prepared to act as attorneys and witnesses in several scenarios, depending on the witnesses chosen by their opponents.

The team fell one win short of receiving a bid to the next round of AMTA's national tournament.