Ole Open
October 23-24, 2010
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

The Cornell College Mock Trial team competed at its first invitation of the 2010-2011 mock trial season at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, on October 23 and 24.  The team, comprised of 10 returning members and 8 new comers to the mock trial scene, took on teams from Macalester College, Hamline University, St. Olaf, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and several other teams from across the Midwest.  In a strong showing, each squad won at least three ballots and many individuals on each squad were recognized as outstanding attorneys and/or witnesses in each given round.  The entire team deserves many congratulations for finishing with a combined team record of 12-11-1 for the first tournament of the season and for enduring the countless hours of preparation that went into getting ready for the tournament.


4th Annual Marcus D. Pohlmann Invitational
October 30-31, 2010
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

On October 30 and 31, 2010, Cornell College Mock Trial once again hosted the Pohlmann Invitational Mock Trial Tournament in Mount Vernon.  The tournament drew teams from as far away as Memphis, Tennessee, and boasted the presence of three schools that finished in the top team nationally at the end of the 2009-2010 season, including our own Cornell Rams.  In a strong field of 28 teams, Team 1203 consisting of returning members Elle Pope, Brandon Crawford, Ariel Harris and newcomers Claire McGuire, Melissa Mannon, and Mac Urbanowicz, took 10th place overall with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.  The remaining squads, Teams 1204 and 1205, lost hard fought rounds to teams from Rhodes College and Hamline University, both of whom placed in the top 10, taking them out of the team rankings.  With a combined team record of 11-12-1, Cornell College Mock Trial had another strong team showing for the weekend.

On the individual front, James Hoeffgen and Lisa Chen were both recognized as Outstanding Witnesses for the tournament with 17 and 18 ranks respectively out of a total of 20.  James also received 16 ranks for his work as a plaintiff's attorney.

Congratulations to Team 1203, James, Lisa, and the entire Cornell College Mock Trial team for another strong showing.


The Macalester Trials
November 5-7, 2010
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

On November 5, the Cornell College Mock Trial team traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to compete in the Macalester Trials, hosted by Macalester College.  With over 40 teams in attendance, including nationally ranked programs from the University of Iowa and Cornell College, the tournament proved both fun and challenging.  The team finished with an overall record of 9-14-1 for the weekend.  Finishing out of the team and individual rankings, Teams 1203, 1204, and 1205 lost many close ballots to teams from Macalester, Hamline, and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.  While the showing was not what the team had hoped for, many important lessons were learned and weaknesses identified that will make the program even stronger going forward.


Cornshucker Challenge
November 13-14, 2010
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

On November 13 and 14, the Cornell College Mock Trial team competed at the 10th Annual Cornshucker Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa.  In a tough field of 32 teams that included at least 4 nationally ranked programs from the 2009 - 2010 season, Team 1203, consisting of Albert Lin, Ariel Harris, Tom Kirk, Harry Blackwood, Mattie Leighton, and Mackenzie Dreeszen, and Team 1204, consisting of Abbey Sturm, Brandon Crawford, Claire McGuire, Neil McCray, Angela Lubkeman, and Melissa Mannon, took on teams from the University of Illinois, St. Ambrose University, Ohio State, Drake University.  Team 1203 put forth a great effort losing multiple ballots by three points or less.  Likewise, Team 1204 battled back from a ballot deficit to finish the weekend 4-4 against some stiff competition.  The performance of the teams is made even more remarkable given that they had four days to prepare in their newly reorganized squads and the perfect new roles and assignments.

Brandon Crawford was recognized as an outstanding witness, earning 18 out of a possible 20 rank points, for his portrayal of Dr. Chase Tuchmont, the treating physician/toxicologist.  Claire McGuire narrowly missed out on an outstanding attorney award earning 17 out of a possible 20 rank points for her portrayal as a plaintiff's attorney.

Congratulations to both squads on a good weekend, and to Brandon and Claire for their outstanding individual performances.


Arch Invitational
December 5-6, 2010
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


City of Fountains Classic
January 14-15, 2011
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

At UMKC, the teams left with records of 5-3 and 4-4. Tim Bingham and Claire McGuire both won attorney awards while Claire McGuire and Brandon Crawford won witness awards. Claire not only won outstanding awards in both categories as a first-year student, she also received a perfect rank of 20 as an attorney.


Illini Invitational
January 22-23, 2011
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, IL

Cornell ended the Illini Invitational with with records of 4-4 and 5-3, respectively. Lisa Chen received an outstanding defense attorney and  Mac Urbanowicz received an outstanding witness award for his portrayal of the grieving father in the case.


National Invitational Tournament
January 28-29, 2011
Loras College, Dubuque, IA

One of our teams hit a high note for the season this past weekend at Loras with a 13th place finish out of more than 66 teams with a record of 5.5-2.5 (see attached plaque photo). The other team was not far behind with a record of 5-3 and a number of highly ranked individuals, though because awards were not given below 19 ranks we didn't walk away with awards for them.


Regional Tournament
February 4-5, 2010
Davenport, IA

Team 1204 finished the Great Midwest Regional Tournament in Davenport, IA this weekend with a record of six wins and two losses, while team 1203 finished with a record of five wins, one loss and, two ties. Sophomore Thomas Kirk was named an Outstanding Midwest Regional Attorney and first-year Melissa Mannon also won an attorney award. Tw Cornellians were named Outstanding Midwest Regional Witnesses: senior Jennifer Chang and junior Lisa Chen.


Opening Round Championships
March 25 – 27 
St. Paul, Minnesota 

Cornell’s mock trial team competed in the Opening Round of the National Championship Tournament on March 25 – 27 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Cornell had two of only 192 squads across the country to reach this level of competition.  In a very competitive field, Cornell competed against teams from the University of Chicago, Loyola University, Creighton University, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Minnesota – Duluth, University of Minnesota – Morris, and University of Wisconsin.  While the team did not earn one of the six bids available to the final rounds of the tournament, this is the third time Cornell has qualified for this tournament in the six years the program has been in existence, and the first year that both squads have earned such an honor.  All the members of the team should be congratulated on their hard work and dedication to achieving such a remarkable feat.

A special congratulations goes out to Lisa Chen and Jenny Chang who were both recognized as Outstanding Witnesses for their portrayals of expert witnesses in the case.  Another special congratulations goes out to James Hoeffgen who was recognized as an outstanding attorney for his work.