November 14, 2011
St. John’s University’s acclaimedMock Trial Team defeated Harvard
University in the fourth and final trial of the sixth
University Invitational Mock Trial Tournament last
weekend. Twenty-eight teams from 15 of the most highly regarded
colleges and universities throughout the country were invited by
Brandeis to this prestigious pre-season preparation for the
upcoming national tournament.
Professor Bernard Helldorfer, of the College of Professional Studies, and a Mock
Trial team coach, stressed that St. John’s strong showing bodes
well for a successful season. “We did extremely well as a team and
the performance of the rookies was especially strong,” he observed.
In addition to defeating Harvard, the team overcame the University of New
Hampshire and both squads from Tufts
Co-Captain Gary Dunn, ‘13CPS, was named one of ten
outstanding student attorneys. Professor Helldorfer added, “St.
John’s has established an outstanding reputation in the
National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament,
earning a bid to the nationals in 17 out of the last 19
years. Every team has reflected the rich diversity of the
University community and this record is a testament to the academic
excellence of our students.”
St. John’s went undefeated, capturing second place with a nearly
perfect overall record of seven wins, no losses and one tie. The
tournament champion was Cornell
University which ended with a perfect 8-0 record.
Harvard went into the last trial with a record of 4-2-0 while St.
John’s was 5-0-1.
The competition simulates a real court case where students play the
roles of attorneys for plaintiff and defense, as well as witnesses.
Points are awarded based on the students’ individual performances.
This year’s case involved a criminal prosecution of a college-age
individual for murder committed by driving a car while severely
intoxicated, resulting in the death of a 21-year old female
St. John’s next preseason tournament will be held at the University of
Pennsylvania, November 11-13. The regional round of
the national tournament will take place next January or