Mock Trial Team Advances

Red Devils to compete in opening round of national tournament.

Dickinson students compete in Mock Trial.

Dickinson students will compete in the opening round of the national mock trial tournament on March 12 and 13. Team members are: (seated, from left) Gina Del Rio, Anna Aroutiounian, Jessica Colliver, Hannah Shaffer, MaKayla Hanington, and (standing from left) Darcy Benson, Jenna Long, Austin Farneth and Reco Sanders. Not pictured: William Nelligan.

For the third consecutive year, Dickinson’s mock trial team has advanced to the opening round of the national tournament, to be held March 12 and 13 at Pace University Law School in White Plains, N.Y.

Dickinson’s team earned the bid to nationals after competing in the regional tournament in Philadelphia last week. This year’s case problem involves a claim by a parent against a toy manufacturer, alleging that the toy contained a dangerous chemical that caused the death of a child.  Four students won awards at the Philadelphia tournament: Mary Kate Skehan ’12 was named an All-Region Best Witness, and Anna Aroutiounian ’11, Austin Farneth ’12 and Reco Sanders ’11 were named All-Region Best Attorneys. 

The other schools that advanced to the opening round from Philadelphia are Drexel University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Temple University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Dickinson team that will compete in White Plains includes Aroutiounian, Farneth, Sanders, Darcy Benson ’14, Jessica Colliver ’11, Gina Del Rio ’13, MaKayla Hanington ’13, Jenna Long ’12, William Nelligan ’14, and Hannah Shaffer ’13.

Douglas Edlin, associate professor of political science, coaches Dickinson's team with Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward Guido ’72. 

“Dickinson has established itself as one of the stronger mock trial programs in the Northeast, and as one of the elite teams in the country among liberal-arts colleges,” Edlin said.

Published March 1, 2011