Feb. 19, 2008
Jen Roemen, a senior at Morningside College, was recognized as a Best Attorney at the Great Midwest Regional Mock Trial Tournament that was Feb. 8-9 in Davenport, Iowa.
More than 20 teams competed in the tournament, coming from as far as Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana. Roemen was one of only 10 students to be named a Best Attorney for Defense.
“This is a well deserved award for Jen,” said Lillian López, associate professor of political science, who coaches Morningside’s mock trial team with attorney Amy Ellis. “She worked very hard, particularly on her closing argument. Delivering a good closing argument is perhaps the most difficult skill to develop for the attorneys. She did a very good job.”
Overall at the tournament, Morningside College won a round against Winona State University of Winona, Minn.; split a round with Cornell College of Mount Vernon, Iowa; lost a round against Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa; and lost a round against Hamline University of St. Paul, Minn.
“This is a very competitive tournament since teams want to earn bids for national tournaments or the championship,” López said. “For a very young team, our students performed well. Successful teams work together for a considerable amount of time in order to deliver a poised and well-argumented case. Our team has great potential as we prepare for next year’s season.”
Last year Morningside’s mock trial team advanced to the American Mock Trial Association’s National Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla. Morningside did not win overall in St. Petersburg, but it did win a round against Stanford University.