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Mock trial tournament

The Lancaster Regional Mock Trial Tournament runs Feb. 16 and 17 at the County Courthouse in historic downtown Lancaster, Pa. The tournament, in its inaugural year, brings together 24 student teams representing 17 colleges and universities from the greater mid-Atlantic region.Mock trial tournament

Participating schools include Columbia University, University of Delaware, DeSales University, Drexel University, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown Univserity, Harvard University, Hunter College, Johns Hopkins University, La Salle University, Patrick Henry College, Philadelphia University, Temple University, Ursinus College, Villanova University and Yale University.

Round one of the Court of Common Pleas initiates the event Saturday, Feb. 16, during which student teams will present a trial involving a wrongful death claim arising from a scuba diving accident. A total of four rounds of competition comprise the tournament. The Honorable Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster, presides over the closing awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 17, and will offer the keynote address. Visit for the complete tournament schedule.

“This tournament provides undergraduate students, who are engaged in the study of law, an opportunity to exhibit their knowledge and advocacy skills in a real courtroom,” said Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, director of the Elizabethtown College pre-law program.   “Undergraduate mock trial competitions enable students to hone their public speaking and critical thinking abilities.”

The top seven teams will move on to the Philadelphia Opening Round Championship tournament, March 23-24, 2013.

Sponsors of the event include Elizabethtown College, the Lancaster Bar Association, the American Mock Trial Association, Murphy & McGonigle Corp. and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. A law school fair featuring every law school in Pennsylvania will be held in conjunction with the two-day competition.

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