Northwood Mock Trial Team Places First at Duke University Tournament

(l-r):  Ibrahim Lawton, Stephanie Hentschel, Matt Williams, Myisha Ishmeal, Amee Cox and Yancy Cobb.

On November 16-17, Northwood University sent the Mock Trial team to the Tobacco Road Invitational Mock Trial Tournament comprised of 24 teams and hosted by Duke University. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, Mock Trial students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

The Northwood team placed first in the competition by defeating Duke University and Elon University splitting against the University of Florida and Florida State University, which was the 2013 National Championship Tournament winner.

The NU team included Yancy Cobb, a senior from Detroit; Amee Cox, a senior from Liverpool, England; Stephanie Hentchsel, a senior from Midland; Myisha Ishmeal, a senior from Southfield; Ibrahim Lawton, a junior from Pontiac; and Matt Williams, a junior from Livonia.

In addition to the team award, two Northwood University students won individual awards. Matt Williams won an Outstanding Attorney Award and Myisha Ishmeal won the highest Outstanding Witness Award given at the tournament.

Northwood will compete at its final competition for this semester November 23-24 at Michigan State University (MSU). The trials will commence at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the MSU Law College in East Lansing.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.