Loras College hosted the National Mock Trial Invitational, the oldest and the largest mock trial tournament in the country, Friday and Saturday, January 31 and February 1. Teams from all over the United States descended on Dubuque for one last competition before the medal season begins in February.
45 teams participated through the entire tournament, primarily from the Midwest. Loras’ teams both placed in the top half, with A-team placing in the top 17 and B-team in the top 23. Students who competed were: Jessie Donels ('14), Henry Song ('14), Matt Resnick ('15), Julian Valdes ('15), Cody Arnold ('16), Blake Gibney ('16), Emily Decker ('17), Elaine Wasylko ('16), Amanda Sharkey (’16) , Dallas Knapp ('17), Brandy Rubin ('17), Sara Statz ('17), Luis Sanchez ('16), and Lucas Tully ('17). Additionally, Resnick earned an Outstanding Witness Award.
Local attorneys and Loras alumni participate as planners and judges, including Kevin Costello (’84), an associate judge on the Illinois Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court in McHenry County, Illinois, who judged on Saturday.
Mary Lynn Neuhaus ('76), previous coach of the Loras Mock Trial Team and professor of communication arts, also judged the tournament and presented the Mary Lynn Neuhaus Civility Award to University of Wisconsin-Superior, voted by their peers as the team that showed the highest level of fair play, professionalism, and friendship as selected by their peers. This award has been named in Neuhaus’ honor in gratitude for her many years of service to the activity of Mock Trial, as well as her example of civility and graciousness to others throughout the years.