Geneva, NY – Sixteen students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, participated in the Yale University Mock Trail Invitational earlier this month.
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges mock trial team won three competitions at Yale Invitational, posting victories against Cornell, University of California at Berkeley, and Penn State, and losing matches to Georgetown, Brown, and Holy Cross. Overall, HWS finished in the middle of a very strong field. Their next competition is the American Mock Trial Association Northeast Regional Tournament in February. Sam Stern (H'03) was named one of the top 10 student attorneys among the 425 students representing 50 of the best teams in the country.
The Colleges first fielded a mock trial team in 1997. From the first year they participated, teams from the Colleges have placed well and garnered individual honors from among the participants. Scott Brophy, professor of philosophy and pre-law advisor, has led the team since its inception.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.
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