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Mock Trial team competes in Notre Dame Invitational Tournament

October 11, 2022

Northwood University’s Mock Trial Team competed at the 2022 Notre Dame Invitational Tournament, which was held Oct. 8-10 in South Bend, Indiana.

Mock Trial is a highly competitive and exhilarating intercollegiate activity that is as fun for students as it is beneficial. With participation from more than 600 teams from colleges and universities across the nation, mock trial competitors not only develop high-level communication skills, but they learn valuable critical thinking and teamwork skills. Students participate in all facets of an actual trial, competing as attorneys as well as witnesses.

At Notre Dame, students represented a plaintiff in two trials and the defense in two additional trials. This year’s case involved a civil action based on negligence.

The students who represented Northwood included Lukas Baker of Midland; Jaleigh Beckert of Westerville, Ohio; JonPaul Burns of Imlay City; Bankaly Camara of Ann Arbor; Kailey Hill of Burton; DeLorean Ishmon of Eastpointe; Miah Keller of Mount Clemens; Teagan O’Bryan of Lapeer; Jalen Orr of Kalamazoo; and J. Austin Wolfe of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Northwood congratulates the entire team for the teamwork that produced the following individual awards: Outstanding Attorney Award (won by Wolfe), and Outstanding Witness Award (won by Lucas Baker and DeLorean Ishmon).

“At the fall tournaments, we often pair students with significant experience with our novice students,” explained Advisor DeLois Leapheart. “This first tournament of the season was a great opportunity for our experienced students to demonstrate leadership to those with less mock trial experience. During each round, our students demonstrated growth!”

For more information about Northwood University’s Mock Trial program, visit the program’s home page.

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