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Two UCF Teams Take Top Honors at Mock Trial Competitions

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By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala

Two UCF Mock Trial Teams have won national competitions this month.

Team 868 of the Mock Trial Team at UCF took first place in the John Donovan Division at Harvard University's Second Annual Crimson Challenge Mock Trial Invitational Tournament held Nov. 9-10. The team beat squads from 15 other universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell.

Team 868's members are Brenna Egan, Erica Emas, Tiffany Colbert, Jessica Kennedy, Andrew Doyle, Sam Bird, Genesh Chen-Shue, Mike Quintero and Ben Abel. Legal Studies Instructor Margarita Koblasz is the faculty advisor to the team. Two other UCF teams also competed in that contest.

Team 868 members Egan and Emas earned Outstanding Attorney Awards and, Team 870 member Marcus Rein earned an Outstanding Witness Award. He was one of only two competitors in the tournament to earn a perfect score as a witness.

UCF's Phi Alpha Delta Mock Trial Team, which shares some members with the Mock Trial Team at UCF, placed first in the 2007 Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Conference Mock Trial Competition held Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. In addition, Sam Bird was named the organization's most Outstanding Pre-Law Secretary. Phi Alpha Delta is the world's largest law fraternity. Legal Studies Instructor Kathy Cook is the faculty advisor for the team.

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