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The Mock Trial Team is set to spar with top-notch regional opponents at the Yale Invitational Nov. 8-9.

Altogether, more than 50 teams will compete at the event held annually in New Haven, Conn. Lafayette will engage in four rounds of competition, two rounds on Friday and two on Saturday. The two best teams compete for the championship Saturday evening.

“Mock trial is a well-rounded vehicle that puts together skills that students will be able to use throughout their lives,” says Diane Elliot, team adviser and associate director for public service at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government. “It teaches quick and critical thinking, public speaking, and poise.”

Lafayette’s Mock Trial Team has grown considerably during its four-year tenure, extending its ranks to 27 members. This year, the team plans to compete in two invitationals, but has not yet decided on its second competition.

The team won the Spirit of AMTA Award at an American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament in 2001 at College Park, Md., and narrowly missed qualifying to participate in the 2001 AMTA national championships. The Spirit of AMTA Award, voted on by tournament competitors, is presented to the mock trial team “that best exemplifies the ideals of civility, fair play, and justice.”

Last year, Lafayette qualified two groups of students for the American Mock Trial Association National Tournament at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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