Colby’s mock trial team’s season is off to a promising start with good showings in two regional tournaments this fall. The team won three of four trials against teams such as MIT and Brandeis at the University of New Hampshire. Sam Hamilton ’17 received an individual witness award, which recognizes top performers on a single side of a case. Almost every member of the team came away with high scores at a second tournament at the University of Pennsylvania in November.
The Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award sponsored both trips as part of a multifaceted effort to enhance student engagement around the program. Held biennially, the national award honors an outstanding United States federal or state judge for their integrity, compassion, humanity, and judicial craftsmanship. The program has also formed a partnership with the University of Maine School of Law, encouraging interaction between students and faculty from both campuses.
“The opportunity to travel for and compete on Colby’s mock trial team has undoubtedly been one of the most central and valuable aspects to my Colby experience,” said Angie Peterson ’18, one of the team’s captains. “After dozens of practices over the course of several months, seeing our team’s hard work come together and our cases unfold against other experienced and talented teams is an honor on both an academic and personal level.”
The team is now preparing to compete at Mock Trial Regionals in February with the goal of winning a bid to the Opening Round Championships of Mock Trial Nationals in March.