Kristina Xie ’16
The Trinity Mock Trial Association brought seven Mock Trial teams from all over the Northeast to campus in order to compete in the first ever Trinity College Mock Trial Invitational, affectionately coined the Trinvitational.
The teams who visited campus are all members of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), which releases a trial case every year in August. Over 600 teams from all over the country take this case and argue it in competitive, simulated trials from September all the way until the National Competition in April.
This year, nationals will be held in Orlando, Florida. Currently, Trinity’s Mock Trial Team is in “pre-season” with most teams who are involved in the invitational circuit. Trinity’s team is also practicing for Regionals in February.
This year’s A squad consists of Jhon Pacheco ’14, Bobby Boyle ’16, Ethan Cantor ’16, President James Geisler ’14, Vice President Youlan Xiu ’15, Treasurer Meredith Munro ’14, and Secretary Ali Caless ’14. This year’s B squad consists of Tanya Kewalramani ’15, Karla Mardueno ’15, Ursula Petersen ’15, Sonjay Singh ’15, Katherine Feehan ’16, Sam Hines ’16, Julia Mardeusz ’16, Andrew Miller ’17, Sebastien Broustra ’17, and Richard Pizzano ’17.
Behind the scenes, Tournament Director Meredith Munro ’14, Assistant Tournament Director Youlan Xiu ’15, Tournament Coordinator Ali Caless ’14, Tab Director James Geisler ’14, Co-Tab Director Jeff Pruyne ’15, and Tournament Assistants Jhon Pacheco ’14 and Bobby Boyle ’16 kept the Trinvitational running.
The A-team members did not compete in the Trinvitational, but instead organized the pairings, tabulation of scores, judge placement, and general organization of the tournament. With the help of Romulus Perez, Assistant Director of Student Activities, and Nora Huth, Dir. of Student Activities, the tournament took place in the beautiful Seabury Hall seminar rooms. Opening and Closing ceremonies for the tournament were held in the Washington Room in Mather Hall.
Among the extremely gracious and qualified judges were a few familiar faces – Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Law Edward Cabot joined the ranks of judges, as well as Trinity Mock Trial Founder and former President Zachary Green ’11.
Every year, Trinity’s Mock Trial team competes at invitationals around New England that are hosted by other Mock Trial teams, including the Tufts Mock Trial Association, the Yale Mock Trial Association, and the Boston College Mock Trial Association. This year, Trinity has decided to join the ranks of host schools.
On November 23 and 24, Trinity brought UConn, Wesleyan, Williams, Southern Connecticut, UMass Amherst, and Bryant to compete with their B Team, while the A Team ran the tournament. The B team truly shined at the Trinvitational, taking second place on the heels of UMass A, with Bryant College taking third. Trinity’s own Julia Mardeusz and Richard Pizzano took home individual witness awards, while Katherine Feehan and Sonjay Singh tied for an attorney award. This award for the Trinity B Tean marks the most successful pre-season showing by a Trinity B Team since the team’s inception in 2008.
The next step for Trinity Mock Trial is to send an experimental A Team to Yale’s 18th Annual Invitational on December 7 and 8. Yale will bring some of the most rigorous competitors from all over the country. Trinity’s A Team could be matched against the former AMTA National Champions, but they welcome the competition. Looking forward, Trinity hopes to be well prepared and highly competitive by February 22, when both the A and B teams will travel to Boston College for AMTA’s Official Boston Regional.