Mock Trial competes at regionals

By Alex Balletto – Copy Editor

Representing Lasell College in the American Mock Trial Association regionals on Feb. 24-25 at Boston College. (L-R) Alex Balletto, Jessie Jean, Emmanuella Jean-Louis, Connor Mankouski, Leslie Young, Korinna Locke, Cassandra Langtry, Kyle Bray, Brett Sherron, Professor Steve Rosenthal. Photo courtesy of Alex Balletto

Last month at regionals, Lasell’s Mock Trial team tried Dylan Hendricks v. State of Midlands at Boston College.  

Since Fall 2017, the team has reviewed the case material and prepared its arguments for the competition. During the weekend, the case is tried four times, and judges of all legal backgrounds are recruited to preside over the trial. Lasell rivaled Dartmouth College and Brandeis University, to name a couple. This year, the team consisted of ten undergraduate students.

Each year, Co-Captain Korinna Locke looks forward to participating as a team member.  “Mock trial has introduced me to so many new people and I appreciate the opportunity to work with them,” she said.

“As the coach, I would say that the participating in Mock Trial helps students to learn courtroom skills, to develop the ability to think on their feet, and to communicate complicated fact patterns clearly and effectively,” Professor Steven Rosenthal said.

Freshman Emmanuella Jean-Louis says she was nervous at first, but quickly found the team treated her like family.  She felt “the team members were equal.”

“I can see this helping me with my career, and it opened my eyes to the experience of the court,” Jean-Louis said.

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