HWS Team Scores Well Both as a Team and with Individual Honors
Geneva, NY – The Hobart and William Smith Mock Trial Team fared very well at the American Mock Trial Association's Northeast Regional Tournament. Competing in a field of 16 teams from schools including Yale, Amherst, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, the University of Rochester, Syracuse, and several SUNY campuses, HWS students garnered more individual awards than any school except Cornell. Sixteen students from the Colleges participated.
In only its fourth year of competition, the HWS team was awarded the AMTA's Outstanding New Team Award. The team was also the first runner-up for the “Spirit of the AMTA” award, given to the school that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the spirit of American Mock Trial Association: “fair play, civility, and justice.” Overall, the team finished 4-4, a tie for sixth place, but fell to eighth place after a labyrinthine tie-breaking score tabulation, narrowly missing a bid to the national tournament.
Awards are given to the top five students in four categories in the competition, in which more than 125 students participated. HWS had winners in each category: An Outstanding Plaintiff Attorney Award in the Northeast Regional went to Peter Brown H '01, a native of Rochester. Sam Stern H '03, from New Jersey, won an Outstanding Defense Attorney Award. A winn
er of the Outstanding Plaintiff Witness Award was received by was Hilary Gietz WS '03 from New Jersey and an Outstanding Defense Witness Award went to Greg Hodgson H '03 from Pennsylvania.
The HWS team is coached by Scott Brophy, professor of philosophy and pre-law advisor, with the generous assistance of HWS alumni/ae attorneys and judges. The team especially benefited from the advice of HWS Trustee Herbert Stern H '54, an internationally renowned lawyer, former federal judge, and prosecutor.
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