Mock trial teams from Stevenson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, North Carolina State, American University, Patrick Henry College, Haverford College, Princeton University, Seton Hall, and Washington and Lee University competed in the Charm City Classic Invitational Tournament Jan. 28-29. Co-hosted by the Stevenson’s Legal Studies department and UMBC, the two-day tournament was held in Stevenson’s Brown School of Business and Leadership, which includes the University’s state-of-the-art Francis X. Pugh Courtroom. Washington and Lee emerged as the winning squad. On Stevenson's team, Ruth George and Lindsay Somuah won outstanding witness awards, and Dorothy Hinson won an outstanding attorney award.
Officially sanctioned by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the tournament served as a fitting warmup for the group of teams, which will compete in a regional AMTA tournament at the University of Maryland School of Law next month. “This tournament, which brings together talented teams from across the northeast region, provides students with a wonderful opportunity to learn the importance of team camaraderie while improving their critical thinking and public speaking skills,” said Melanie Snyder, J.D., Professor of Law and Coach of the Stevenson team.
The Charm City Classic Invitational Tournament is made possible by the financial support of the Murthy Law Firm. Board of Trustees member Sheela Murthy handed out awards at the end of ceremonies.