March 7, 2005
Morningside College’s Mock Trial Team will compete in the American Mock Trial Association’s National Tournament on March 11- 13, at Stetson University Law School in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Morningside’s Mock Trial Team won the bid to compete in the national tournament after tying for 6th place in the Regional Mock Trial Tournament held Feb.18-19, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. Twenty-four teams from 13 colleges and universities participated in the regional competition. The Morningside team competed against Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, Drury University in Springfield, Mo., Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Members of Morningside’s Mock Trial Team who competed in the regional tournament include:
Sioux City: Zachary Hindman, Tamara Lostan, Casaday Nguyen.
Iowa: Jill Bohnker, Underwood; Scott Corrie, Battle Creek; Aimee Corporon, Cedar Rapids; Emily Evans, Glenwood.
Nebraska: Kathryn Kotlik, Bellevue.
Six members of Morningside’s Mock Trial Team volunteered to serve as judges for the Regional Iowa High School Mock Trial Tournament to be held on Wednesday, March 9, at the Sioux City Convention Center. The members include Bohnker, Corporon, Hindman, Kotlick, Amanda Leu, and Nguyen.
Morningside’s Mock Trial Team reorganized in the fall of 2004 after nearly a ten-year absence. Educator-coach for the Mock Trial Team is Dr. Lillian Lopez, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside. Attorney-coaches for the team are Alan E. Fredregill and Daniel B. Shuck, partners in the law firm of Heidman, Redmond, Fredregill, Patterson, Plaza, Dykstra, and Prahl, LLP in Sioux City.
The undergraduate mock trial program was first organized in 1985 at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Its purpose is to give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn first hand about the work of trial attorneys, understand the judicial system, develop critical thinking, and enhance communication skills.
For more information, contact Dr. Lillian Lopez in the department of history and political science at Morningside at (712) 274-5225, or the office of Public Relations at (1712) 274-5320.