Lee’s Mock trial team succeeds at tournament

Posted 10/31/17

  The Society for Law and Justice, Lee University’s mock trial team, recently placed second at the 2017 Owl Classic Mock Trial Competition, hosted by Kennesaw State University at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.   “I am absolutely thrilled with our results at the Owl Classic Mock Trial tournament, especially considering that it was the first mock trial tournament for over half of our team,” said Ben Absher, junior political science major and president of the Society for Law and Justice team.   Competing against teams from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and others from Tennessee, Lee’s team finished the competition with a 4-0 record. The group is student-coached and student-administered, while most of its opposing teams are coached by faculty.   Additionally, Luke Pavlov, a freshman theater major and first-time “mocker,” won the “Best Witness” award for his portrayal of a pharmacologist.   After the success at the Owl Classic, the team is currently preparing to compete in the Middle Tennessee State University Annual Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, Nov. 10-11. Lee’s team received an invitation to compete based on their previous participation in the Mid-South Invitational.   The MTSU invitational is a two-day, four-round tournament and about five times larger than the Owl Classic, according to Absher. Teams will attend from all over the Southeast, and the competition is expected to be more challenging than the Owl Classic.   In preparation for the MTSU tournament, Lee’s team is reviewing comments on judges’ ballots from the Owl Classic, practicing their objections, and rehearsing witness stories.   “I look forward to seeing how the confidence boost of Owl Classic carries over into ‘confidence in the courtroom’ at MTSU,” said Absher.   The Owl Classic is hosted by the American Mock Trial Association, a governing body that offers undergraduate students an opportunity to compete with teams in trial simulations.   For more information about the AMTA, visit http://www.collegemocktrial.org/.   For more information about Lee’s mock trial team, contact Absher at babshe00@leeu.edu.     BACK ROW, from left, are Society for Law and Justice team members William Fulford, Brandon Wilson, Luke Pavlov, Ben Wycoff, Mandy Huffman and Ben Absher. In front are Kristen Deal, Skylar Burton and Maegan Phillips. 

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The Society for Law and Justice, Lee University’s mock trial team, recently placed second at the 2017 Owl Classic Mock Trial Competition, hosted by Kennesaw State University at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
 
“I am absolutely thrilled with our results at the Owl Classic Mock Trial tournament, especially considering that it was the first mock trial tournament for over half of our team,” said Ben Absher, junior political science major and president of the Society for Law and Justice team.
 
Competing against teams from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and others from Tennessee, Lee’s team finished the competition with a 4-0 record. The group is student-coached and student-administered, while most of its opposing teams are coached by faculty.
 
Additionally, Luke Pavlov, a freshman theater major and first-time “mocker,” won the “Best Witness” award for his portrayal of a pharmacologist.
 
After the success at the Owl Classic, the team is currently preparing to compete in the Middle Tennessee State University Annual Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, Nov. 10-11. Lee’s team received an invitation to compete based on their previous participation in the Mid-South Invitational.
 
The MTSU invitational is a two-day, four-round tournament and about five times larger than the Owl Classic, according to Absher. Teams will attend from all over the Southeast, and the competition is expected to be more challenging than the Owl Classic.
 
In preparation for the MTSU tournament, Lee’s team is reviewing comments on judges’ ballots from the Owl Classic, practicing their objections, and rehearsing witness stories.
 
“I look forward to seeing how the confidence boost of Owl Classic carries over into ‘confidence in the courtroom’ at MTSU,” said Absher.
 
The Owl Classic is hosted by the American Mock Trial Association, a governing body that offers undergraduate students an opportunity to compete with teams in trial simulations.

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