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Alex Caballero '13, Jason Pang '10, and Sam Griffith '13 prepare for last year's American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament.

Lafayette’s mock trial team will host the Easton Regional Mock Trial Tournament Feb. 11-13 in various rooms in Pardee Hall.

Sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the competition is one of 24 official regional tournaments being held across the United States in February. More than 500 teams from 350 colleges and universities participate at the regional level. Eight teams from each competition advance to the opening round championships in March, leading to the selection of 48 teams that will compete in the AMTA National Championship Tournament April 15-17.

Last year, Lafayette’s mock trial team A advanced through the regional round and tied Miami University for first place in the opening round. The win allowed the team to compete in the national championship.

A total of 25 teams from 18 colleges and universities will be on campus this weekend to compete in the regional tournament. Some of the participating schools include American University, City College of New York, Johns Hopkins, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, St. John’s University, Seton Hall, Swarthmore, Villanova, and Yale.

The first round of the tournament will begin 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. The second and third rounds will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, with the final round from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Feb. 13. All rounds will be held in Pardee Hall and are open to the public. An awards luncheon will immediately follow the last round in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall.

In mock trial, participants portray attorneys and witnesses to argue a court case. All teams are given the same case to prepare, but changes are incorporated by AMTA as the competition advances to give teams new challenges and force them to create new case theories.

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