Fisher Students Win at American Mock Trial Association
Earlier this month, ten St. John Fisher College students competed in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament at Buffalo State College, bringing home the prestigious American Mock Trial Association Spirit Award.
This was the second year the students competed, and they were up against Penn State, Buffalo State, and Ithaca College. The participating students included Jennifer Coleman (team captain), Katherine Lennon (team captain), Bridget Alberts, Sarah Ziolkowski, Brett Miller, Tyler Quanbeck, Peter Valone, Robert Connor, Michael Cunliffe, and Kevin Wagner.
Jane Snyder, Political Science/Legal Studies Experiential Learning Coordinator, served as the team’s faculty coach. They received additional guidance by members of The LaDuca Law Firm.
The AMTA was founded in 1985 by Dean Richard Calkins of Drake Law School, and serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial competition. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures. AMTA sponsors regional and national-level competitions, and provides interesting and complex case materials for academic use.
Some of the students from the team surprised Dr. Bain this week and presented him with their award to thank him for his ongoing support.