Mock Your Socks Off
The Pace Law Society/Mock Trial team had their most successful showing yet at the American Mock Trial Association’s regional competitions. Objection, hearsay? Let us proceed with the evidence.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Pace Law Society/Mock Trial team made the case with an impressive performance at the American Mock Trial Association’s regional competition held on January 31 and February 1 at Boston College. The team competed against some of the most prestigious universities on the east coast including Columbia, Brandeis, Boston College, and the US Coast Guard Academy, and won four of the trials they competed in, the most trials the team has won in Pace history.
“My involvement in this organization has taught me many life lessons during my time here at Pace that I will take with me after I graduate,” says Bridget Winkler ’15, three-year team member and current president. “I am so grateful to have worked with Professor James Castagna, our faculty adviser, and Conrad Cantor, the Pace Mock Trial team coach, former Mock Trial Team member and alumnus from the class of 2011. The two truly are the heart of our organization and we would be lost without them.”
Team members include Bridget Winkler ’15, Brendan Batterson ’15, Nora Cottom ’15, Camila Camilo ’15, Nancy Herriman ’15, Lauren Flack ’15, Quinn Corcoran ’15, Frank Salerno ’16, Stephanie Zhang ’16, Danielle Brissett ’16, Jessie Huffman ’17, Jocelyn Bravo ’17, Jessica Kovac ’17, Mariam Nagizade ’17, Bartek Szymanski ’17, Chase Ballas ’18, Liz Corbett ’18, and Daniel Acevedo ’18.
Additionally, this year the Pace Law Society/Mock Trial team collaborated with the Pace School of Performing Arts, giving acting students the opportunity to join the team and compete as witnesses. Two of the witnesses, Pace BFA in Acting student Lauren Flack ’15 and BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials student Bartek Szymanski ’18, won Outstanding Witness Awards, and Szymanski was ranked as an Outstanding Witness on both the plaintiff and defense team, the only witness in the entire competition to rank and be awarded for his work as a witness on both teams. This is the most successful year since the team started in 2005.
"Although I wish I had been aware of Pace's Mock Trial team before my senior year, it was amazing to have the opportunity to participate. In a way, it was a culmination of everything I have studied at Pace, a rigorous academic challenge to prepare with my teammates for the mock trial married with the need for me to stay in character and improv for a couple of hours straight,” says Flack, adding that it was “one of the most difficult but exciting acting challenges I've had thus far. It's definitely a great opportunity regardless of one's major to put their studies to the test under pressure, in a time sensitive, character driven, highly competitive atmosphere."
First-year student Szymanski, who still has three years of competition left with the team, echoes his fellow School of Performing Arts peer’s sentiments.
“Competing with the Pace Law Society/Mock Trial team was not only a learning experience but a journey that tested my persistence under many different pressures. I came in wanting to represent the Performing Arts School and came out as a proud Pace University Setter who made sure to leave a loud bark in Boston,” he says.
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