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UMW students honored at American Mock Trial Association National Championship

The University of Mary Washington recently issued the following press release:

Two University of Mary Washington Mock Trial Team members were honored recently at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship in Washington D.C.

Junior political science major Chapin Fausel received an Outstanding Attorney Award and junior economics major Monique Dela Cruz received an Outstanding Witness Award based on their performance in the competition.

During the championship, UMW’s member team competed in the first round against colleges, including the University of Virginia, Georgetown and Princeton. The team won against one of Princeton’s teams and tied Georgetown and Swarthmore College. In its second year, the UMW team qualified to participate in the championship by placing well at the Baltimore Regional Competition in February.

Through competition, the UMW Mock Trial team offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as obtain a working knowledge of legal practices and procedures. Local attorney Ghislaine Storr-Burks is the team’s head coach. Chad Murphy, assistant professor of political science, is the team advisor and assistant coach.