Sept. 6, 2005
Members of the Morningside College Mock Trial Team will hold a mock trial demonstration on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The free event is sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Arts Series at Morningside and is open to the public.
Students will present a condensed version of the Mock Trial civil case from the 2004-2005 competitive season. The simulated civil suit involves a student who files a charge of negligence against a hospital.
Students participating in the demonstration include Jill Bohnker, Aimee Corporon, Scott Corrie, Emily Evans, Zachary Hindman, Katie Kotlik, Amanda Leu, and Casaday Nguyen. Daniel B. Shuck, partner in the law firm of Heidman, Redmond, Fredregill, Patterson, Plaza, Dykstra, and Prahl, LLP in Sioux City, will serve as presiding judge for the demonstration.
Morningside’s Mock Trial Team reorganized in the fall of 2004 after nearly a ten-year absence. Last year the team competed in several Mock Trial competitions including the American Mock Trial Association’s National Tournament at Stetson University Law School in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Faculty advisor for the Mock Trial Team is Dr. Lillian Lopez, associate professor of history and political science. Lawyer-coaches for the team are Shuck and Alan E. Fredregill, also 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.