Morningside College’s Mock Trial Teams participated in Creighton University’s Bluejay Open Mock Trial Tournament held on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Twenty-eight mock trial teams from 17 colleges and universities from across the country participated in the tournament.
Amber Clausen and Zachary Hindman, both Morningside College seniors from Sioux City, each received awards for outstanding attorneys for the tournament.
In addition to Clausen and Hindman, other members of Morningside’s Mock Trial teams who competed in the tournament include:
Sioux City: Casaday Nguyen and Tara Tripplet.
Iowa: Jill Bohnker, Underwood; Nicole Cleveland, Sergeant Bluff; Aimee Corporon, Cedar Rapids; Scott Corrie, Battle Creek; Jennifer Roeman, Rock Rapids; Samantha Wenger, Danbury; Scott Wismont, Crescent.
Other states: Katie Kotlik, Bellevue, Neb.; Tucker Tejkl, Leigh, Neb.; and Lindsay Smith, Liberty, Mo.
Schools participating in the tournament included Buena Vista University, Central Missouri State University, Colorado, Creighton University, Drake University, Hamline University, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mount Mercy, University of Nebraska, University of South Dakota, Truman State University, and Washburn University.
The tournament consisted of four rounds of competition with students competing as plaintiffs and as defendants. Students played the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in the hypothetical civil rights case “Jeffries v. Polk County Police.”
Educational coach for Morningside’s Mock Trial Teams is Dr. Lillian Lopez, associate professor of history and political science. Lawyer-coach for the teams is Daniel B. Shuck, partner in the law firm of Heidman, Redmond, Fredregill, Patterson, Plaza, Dykstra, and Prahl LLP in Sioux City.