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College to Host Regional Mock Trial Tournament in February

Posted: December 14, 2010
Buffalo State has been selected to host the American Mock Trial Association’s 2011 Great Lakes Regional Tournament, February 26–27.

During the two-day competition, schools from Western and Central New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio will compete to win a bid for the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament in May. Approximately 24–28 teams, consisting of 8–10 students each, will participate in the regional tournament.

The competition is comprised of four rounds—two Saturday and two Sunday. Each trial will have two to three judges: the presiding judge will rule on objections and evidentiary procedure, and the scoring judges will rate the performance of the student attorneys and witnesses.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Buffalo State,” said Jon Lines, lecturer of political science and regional tournament director. “We look forward to bringing together Western New York’s legal community with the more than 200 student attorneys and witnesses who will be competing on campus that weekend.”

Buffalo State is asking local judges, attorneys, advanced law students and other members of the legal profession to volunteer as trial judges. CLE credits will be available to eligible attorneys. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as a reception for volunteer judges the Friday before the tournament.

More information is available by visiting the tournament’s Web site or by contacting Lines at (716) 465-1327.
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Lindsay Hawkins, Public Relations Student Assistant | 7168784201 | hawkinla01@mail.buffalostate.edu

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