November 2011 Archives

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Regionals Information - 11/28

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As the end of the fall semester approaches, Penn State Mock Trial has began its process of selecting teams (4*) to represent the organization in the official American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) national intercollegiate competition this spring. This being said, the assignments, locations and dates for the first round of the national tournament have been released and are as followed:

Buffalo, New York (Saturday-Sunday, February II-I2)
Bids earned to the Hamilton, OH ORC
Hosted by and held at Buffalo State College
Tournament Contact: Prof. jon Lines,

Binghamton A & B
Buffalo A& B
Canisius A
Cornell A
Geneseo A
Ithaca A & B
Penn State A & D
St. Bonaventure A
Syracuse A & B
Bowling Green A & B
Buffalo State A
Colgate A & B
Fredonia A
Hamilton A
Michigan A
Rochester A & B
St. John Fisher A & B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - G. Alec Stewart Regional (Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12)
Bids earned to the Hamilton, OH ORC
Hosted by and held at the University of Pittsburgh
Tournament Contact: Jen Satler, Esq.,

Allegheny A
Carnegie Mellon A & B
Grove City A
Kentucky C
Miami A & D
Mount Aloysius A
Ohio State A & B
Pittsburgh A & B
Shippensburg A
Baldwin-Wallace A & B
Cincinnati C
Kent State A
Kenyon A
Michigan B & C
Oberlin A
Penn State B & C
Robert Morris A
Washington & Jefferson A

The Regionals Assignments document as provided by AMTA can be viewed in its entirety here.

*Historical Note: Last year, PSMT was one of only five teams in the country to have all four AMTA teams earn a bid to ORCS.

Thanksgiving Break Update - Results

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While most students were making the trip home for Thanksgiving break, Penn State Mock Trial sent three "stacked" teams to compete in invitationals. This being said, the "A" stacked team was sent to Pittsburgh University and the "C" and "E" teams were sent to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, respectively. Results are as followed:

Steel City Invitational (Pittsburgh University) - Team "A" (pictured above)
Team Record: 6-2; 2nd Place*
Individual Award(s): Suzanne Zakaria, Witness (18π).
Picture of Trophy
Tab Summary

Thanksgiving Classic (UMass Amherst) - Teams "C" & "E"
Team Record(s): 3-4-1 ("C"), 5-3 ("E")
Individual Award(s): 
Ashley Tariff, Attorney (20Δ, "C"); Christine Testa, Witness (18π, "E")
Tab Summary

*Denotes the highest finish for a PSMT at the Steel City Invitational in recent history. The "A" team's 2nd Place finish at Pitt is not only tied for the best finish by a PSMT team this fall, but it also marks the fourth "Top 5" finish for the organization (W&J, Colgate, Tufts).

The organization will attempt to continue this success in the final invitational of the fall season this forthcoming weekend at Yale University, where the "B" and "D" stacked teams will compete. Results will be posted for this tournament as they are made available. Additionally, since this tournament marks the last of the fall season, a cumulative results portfolio for the season will be compiled at its completion.

Weekend Update - 11/15

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This past weekend, the Penn State Mock Trial Association concluded its unstacked invitational season with teams competing at American University (Washington, D.C.,) Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts), and The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

Results are as followed:

Inagural Wonk Trial Invitational (American University)
Team Record: 3-5
Individual Award(s): Rachel Polisner, Attorney (17π); Steven Michelen, Witness (17π).
Spirit of AMTA Award*
Tab Summary

Mumbo Jumbo Invitational (Tufts University)
Team Record: 4-3-1, 5th Place (CS 19.5)
Individual Award(s):  Andrew D'Aversa, Attorney (
18π); Mandy Stango, Witness (17π); Laura Beltz, Witness (18Δ).
Tab Summary

Quaker Classic Invitational (University of Pennsylvania)
Team Record: 3-4-1

With the Tufts team finishing fifth, that is the third top five finish for Penn State teams this fall (Colgate, Washington&Jefferson).

Results for the stacked invitationals (Pitt, UMass, Yale) will be posted as they are made available.

*Denotes that this team won the Spirit of AMTA award at this competition. This means that they displayed the most sportsmanship of all teams at the tournament and have earned PSMT free registration for next year's invitational.

Weekend Update - 11/7

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Penn State Mock Trial sent two teams to compete at invitationals this weekend. The results are as followed: 

Colgate Classic (Colgate University, Colgate, NY)
Team Record: 6-2; 4th Place (CS 10, PD 83)
Individual Award(s): Corey Kirkwood, Attorney (15π, 17Δ); Mike Augustyn, Attorney (18Δ), Will Crozier (19Δ).

Louis Brandeis Invitational (Brandeis University, Boston, MA)
Team Record: 2-5-1
Individual Award(s):  Noah Simmons, Attorney (
20π, 17Δ)

Results for forthcoming tournaments (Tufts, UMass, Pitt, Yale, American, etc.) will be posted as they are made available.

Fall Progress Update - 11/3

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For the past month, Penn State Mock Trial teams have competed in numerous competitive invitationals. Results as of November 3rd are as followed:

Elon Invitational Team (Carolina Classic) - 10/15-10/16
Record(s): 4-4
Awards: Paul Pavelka, Witness
Tab Summary

Washington and Jefferson Invitational Teams (Founding Fathers Invitational) - 10/15-10/16
Record(s): 6-2 (2nd Place) & 3-4-1
Awards: Chelsea Cramer, Attorney & Witness; Devante Jones, Witness; Steve Klara, Attorney; Noah Simmons, Attorney
Tab Summary

Case Western Reserve University Invitational (Spartan Throwdown) - 10/29-10/30
Record(s): 4-4
Awards: Suzanne Zakaria, Witness

In addition to competing outside of University Park, the Penn State Mock Trial Association hosted its 4th Annual Happy Valley Invitational during the weekend of 10/22-10/23. This year's tournament featured 20 teams and an "Oktoberfest" theme. The PSUMTA would like to extend its congratulations to this year's winner, Cornell University, as well as a special thanks to Tournament Director Chelsea Cramer and Judging Coordinator Mandy Stango, who ran a flawless tournament all weekend. See you all at the 2012 HVI!
View the Tab Summary here.

Throughout the next few weeks, the remaining unstacked teams will be competing in invitationals at Brandeis University, Tufts University, and American University. With this being said, for the first time in PSUMT history, we will be sending additional "stacked" teams (5) to invitationals. These teams will be competing at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Yale University. Results for these tournaments will be posted as they are made available.
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