Time to du a lot of DuMockin’

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The Loras College Mock Trial teams have announced their competitive 2016-2017 tournament schedule. The two trial advocacy teams will travel to multiple invitational competitions before competing in the American Mock Trial Association sanctioned regional tournament in February.

A handful of new members will join our returning DuMockers to compete against other colleges and universities — large and small — to perfect the age discrimination wrongful termination civil case they have started building together.

In the 2015-2016 season, the Mock Trial teams traveled nearly 9,000 miles to compete against teams such as the University of Arizona, Auburn University, Gonzaga University, and Rutgers University among many others. While Loras may be a fraction of the size of many of the other schools they compete against, Loras is still regarded nationwide as one of the oldest teams in the collegiate Mock Trial circuit.

For over 29 years, Loras Mock Trial attorney and witnesses have picked up team and individual awards at tournament in regions all over the nation. In 1994, Loras knocked out teams like Harvard, Yale and University of Chicago to land a spot in the national final round. While Loras would ultimately be crowned first runner-up, the school remains the smallest and only liberal arts school to compete in the final round. Loras College Mock Trial’s present team hopes to continue that legacy of excellence.

In just a few weeks, the team will be taking both teams to compete at their first tournament of the season. Hosted by Wheaton College, the tournament will take place Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15. Much like their athletic teams, the Wheaton Mock Trial team is barred by their Evangelical Protestant affiliated institution from competing on Sundays. Once DuMockers return from Fall Free Days, there will be a quick turnover as they depart for their next tournament the following weekend.

The Loras College Mock Trial A-Team (Team #1368) will travel to an elite invitational tournament at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH on Oct. 22-23. A few of the other schools attending include the University of Louisville, Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University.

After taking a weekend off, both teams will compete at the 15th Annual Illinois State University Invitational in Bloomington-Normal, IL. The teams at Loras and Illinois State have formed a special bond over the years and the team enjoys scrimmaging against ISU when they get a chance. The weekend following the Illinois State tournament, the B-Team (Team #1369) will travel to Romeoville, Illinois to compete at a tournament hosted at the campus of Lewis University.

When the team returns from winter break, they will go a three-week stretch traveling near and far. After defrosting in at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the team will return to compete at the Dr. Donald Rachter Invitational at Central College. The three weeks will be capped off by hosting their own tournament, here on campus. During the last weekend of January, the Loras Mock Team will welcome over 40 teams to Dubuque to compete at the 29th Annual National Mock Trial Invitational at Loras College. The teams will go on to compete at a regionals site that has yet to be announced. If they make it through AMTA regionals and semi-nationals, they will hopefully follow in the footsteps of the DuMockers before them and compete at Nationals at the University of California-Los Angeles. You can find out more about the team and their tournament line-up at their website, www.dumock.com.

If anyone is interested in joining the Loras College Mock Trial teams this season, contact Coach Deone Merkel, Senior Captains Lucas Tully or Dallas Knapp, or any DuMock member on campus.

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