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Colgate Places Second at UMass!

During the weekend of January 25-26, 2014, the Colgate Mock Trial Team made a four-hour trek to The University of Massachusetts Amherst for a four-round tournament. The two Colgate teams faced competition from Trinity A, Trinity B, Swarthmore A, Holy Cross A, Lasell, and Coast Guard.
B-Team

B-Team

Both teams worked very hard in preparation for this weekend, and it paid off. This tournament was a fun and stress-free way for both teams to try out a new strategy before Buffalo Regionals in early February.
The teams faced some unforseen challenges in the courtroom, but were able to adapt quickly and strategically in order to put across a strong case theory. The B-Team finished with an overall record of 3-4-1, ending the weekend on a high note with two fantastic rounds of competition on Sunday. The A-Team finished with an overall record of 6-2, earning the team the second place trophy as the strongest 6-2 team in the tournament! The team’s only loss was to the tournament winning team, Swarthmore A.
A-Team

A-Team

Both teams are proud of their performances, and cannot wait to compete at Regionals in hopes of gaining a bid to ORCS.

Colgate Wins Award at Friar Faceoff

On November 16th and 17th, the Mock Trial team travelled to St. Bonaventure University to compete in the annual Friar Faceoff. The team, comprised of first-years and sophomores competed against some very highly ranked teams from neighboring states and learned a lot about Mock Trial competition.

The team finished with a record of 2-4-2 and some great new strategies. Sophomore Martin Page ’16 placed as an Outstanding Attorney. The young team has many new tactics to employ as they face the next two tournaments of the year.


Colgate Competes at American University

On November 16-17, the Mock Trial Team traveled to Washington, D.C. for the WONK Invitational Tournament at American University. The team, consisting of two seniors, one junior, and five freshmen performed extremely well. The team competed against teams from University of Georgia, University of Redlands, University of Richmond, and Tufts University, finishing with an overall record of 3-4-1.

WONK

The team!

Although the team did not bring home any awards, they pulled together a fantastic showing, and worked together. After a semester of hard work, the team has really bonded into a cohesive group that works to help each other, and this has paid off. (The long amount of time spent in extremely close proximity has helped with that too!).

The team looks forward to a fantastic rest of the season, with at least two remaining tournaments!


Colgate Places 2nd at Bradley University and Wins Attorney and Witness Awards

This weekend the Mock Trial team traveled to Peoria, Illinois to compete in an invitational tournament at Bradley University. The team was made up of six first-years, two sophomores, and two seniors. Everyone put in a great effort and the entire team worked well together to adapt to unforeseen challenges.

Colgate Places 2nd!

Colgate Places 2nd!

Colgate competed against teams from Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, DePaul University, and Bradley University, and finished with an overall record of 6-2. We had a great time and placed 2nd in the tournament, tying the record for best in Colgate’s history. In addition, we received an honorable mention for the Spirit of AMTA award.

Lauren Tuttle '14 & Santina

Lauren Tuttle ’14 & Santina Sarcella ’14

Senior Santina Sarcella received an outstanding witness award with seventeen ranks as the defendant, Whit Bowman. Senior Lauren Tuttle received an outstanding attorney award with eighteen ranks as a prosecution attorney.

The team had a great time, and can’t wait for the rest of the season!


2013 Mock Trial Service Award

Gillian Gamberdell ’13 is this year’s recipient of the Mock Trial Service Award.

Gillian Gamberdell '13

Gillian Gamberdell ’13

The Mock Trial Service Award is annually given to the graduating senior who has been consistently effective in recruiting, mentoring, and developing new team members; who has been an active member of the E-Board; who has faithfully competed in tournaments and faithfully attended meetings; who has routinely displayed qualities of judgment, integrity, fairness, and good will commensurate with the legal profession’s commitment to the pursuit of justice; and finally, who has made a considerable contribution of time and effort to the successful planning and execution of the annual the Colgate Classic Mock Trial Tournament.

Good luck with everything–we are missing you already! We hope you’ll come back every year to judge at the Colgate Classic.

Next Stop for Gillian: Harvard Law School!


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Colgate Wins Bid to AMTA Opening Round Championships

On February 23rd and 24th, the Mock Trial team competed in the American Mock Trial Association’s Regional Tournament at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.
Colgate faced a tough schedule and competed against teams from Cornell, Binghamton, Rochester, and Penn State. The team finished with a 4-4 record, missing a 5-3 record an an initial bid to the Opening Round Championship Series in Hamilton, OH by 1 point.
Colgate Mock Trial

Colgate Mock Trial at Regionals

Nevertheless, Colgate did receive an open bid to the Opening Round Championship Series in Greenville, South Carolina, but was unable to attend due to the last minute notice. The team is still honored to be the second team in the history of Colgate Mock Trial to receive a bid to ORCS and is excited and hopeful for next year!

Colgate Wins Trophy at University of Rochester Yellow Jacket!

On February 2nd and 3rd, the Mock Trial team competed in their final tournament before regionals at the University of Rochester. The team finished with a record of 4-3-1, securing a fifth place finish and a trophy for the team.
The Yellow Jacket

The Yellow Jacket

The students look forward to performing even better in Buffalo for Regionals in the upcoming weeks!

Franklin & Marshall wins Fourth Annual Colgate Classic Mock Trial Tournament

Colgate Mock Trial hosted the Fourth Annual Colgate Classic on November 10 and 11. Colgate hosted 18 teams who competed in this four-round two-day tournament.

Colgate alumni, parents, and attorneys  from local law firms presided over the trials as judges. The Classic would not be possible without continued community support and we are very thankful to everyone for volunteering their time.

Congratulations to Franklin & Marshall for winning the tournament with a 6-1-1 record!

Congratulations to Franklin & Marshall for winning the tournament with a 6-1-1 record!

The Classic was run by Tournament Coordinator Lauren Tuttle ’14, with help from last year’s tournament coordinator and current mock trial president Gillian Gamberdell ’13. New member Christina Reali ’16 assisted in the tab room. Most of Colgate’s Mock Trial members competed in the tournament, and others helped Gillian and Lauren with the tournament’s logistics.

The Colgate team competed against teams from Syracuse, The Kings College, and Franklin & Marshall. They placed 7th in the tournament with a record of 5-3. Santina Scarcella ’14 received perfect ranks as a witness and won an Outstanding Witness Award.


Colgate Scrimmages with U. of Rochester

On November 3, Colgate competed in a scrimmage hosted by the University of Rochester. The Colgate team consisted of mostly new members and this scrimmage provided them with a chance to try out mock trial without the pressure of a full tournament. It was a great bonding experience and everyone’s performances helped them cement their positions for the rest of the season.

University of Rochester

University of Rochester

The team competed against both teams from the University of Rochester and finished with a 3-1 record.


Gillian Gamberdell ’13 Wins Outstanding Attorney Award at U. of Georgia

The weekend of October 20th and 21st, Colgate sent a team to the University of Georgia’s Fourth Annual Classic City Invitational in Atlanta, GA. This was the first time any current team member had competed in the Southeast, and they were able to pick up some valuable ideas and strategies for their future tournaments.

Gillian Gamberdell '13

Gillian Gamberdell ’13

Colgate completed against teams from the University of Tennessee, Bellermine University, and Washington & Lee. They finished with a 3-4-1 record and are excited to use what they learned to improve their performance during the rest of the season.


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