by Emily Vontom, Published February 22, 2012
Students from Eastern Michigan University's mock trial team recently came away with individual honors at the first annual Great Lakes Mock Trial invitational Tournament, held at Eastern January 28 - 29.
Eastern students Emily Gillingham, from Pinckney, Mich., Christopher Knight, from West Bloomfield, Mich., and Daniel Routley, from Ann Arbor, Mich. earned outstanding attorney awards. Steven Hurbis, from Ann Arbor, and Gillingham won outstanding witness awards.
"We did pretty well," said Gillingham, a senior who will be attending Michigan State University's law school next fall. "Mock trial has definitely helped prepare me for the future."
Participating in the tournament were 24 teams from 16 schools. Eastern's teams placed third and fifth overall, with records of 6-1-1 and 6-2.
"Eastern mock trial students are dedicated to achieving a national ranking this year and attending the national championship round," said Mark Maironis, a professor of political science and the tournament's director. "They are constantly practicing, rehearsing and critiquing. That is what makes one team better than the others."
The upcoming regional tournament is in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 24 - 25. If the Eastern teams do well, they will travel to Hamilton, Ohio for the Opening Round Championship in March.