Feb. 16, 2006
The Morningside College Mock Trial Team received an award for “Best New Program” at the 19th Annual National Invitational Tournament held Jan. 27-28, at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
The tournament included competition by 64 mock trial teams from 33 colleges and universities including Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., University of Iowa in Iowa City, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., University of Notre Dame in Indiana., the University of Texas at Austin, and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., to name a few.
Morningside College juniors Zachary Hindman and Casaday Nguyen of Sioux City received Honorable Mentions in the “Best Attorney” category.
Samantha Wenger, a junior from Danbury, Iowa, and Tara Triplett, a junior from Sioux City, received Honorable Mentions in the “Best Witness” category.
Other members of Morningside’s Mock Trial team who participated in the tournament include Jill Bohnker of Underwood, Iowa; Amber Clausen and Anna Padilla of Sioux City, Nicole Cleveland of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Aimee Corporon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Scott Corrie of Battle Creek, Iowa; Kathryn Kotlik of Bellevue, Neb.; and Tucker Tejkl of Stanton, Neb.
Faculty advisor for the Mock Trial Team is Dr. Lillian Lopez, associate professor of history and political science. Lawyer-coach for the team is Daniel B. Shuck, partner in the law firm of Heidman, Redmond, Fredregill, Patterson, Plaza, Dykstra, and Prahl, LLP in Sioux City.
The undergraduate mock trial program was first organized in 1985 at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Its purpose is to give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn first hand about the work of trial attorneys, understand the judicial system, develop critical thinking, and enhance communication skills.