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Concord University's Mock Trial Team Places Fourth in National Competition

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
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ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s mock trial team placed fourth in the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity’s National Pre-Law Conference and Mock Trial Competition held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 9 -12. This is the seventh Concord team to have been in the final four of the competition in the last seven years.

Eight Concord students participated in the Mock Trial Competition. They were divided into two teams. The team of Joseph Dean II, Anthony Heltzel, Grace Hurney and Karina Rahall made it into the final round of four teams. They squared up against the team from Texas Tech University in the final round. The judges’ scores for the teams ended in a tie. The tie-breaker went to Texas Tech. First and second place went to the two teams from the University of Florida. Concord’s other mock trial team consisted of Angela Cannon, Bradley Click, Danielle Knight and Chelsey Rowe.

The mock trial case this year concerned whether an 18-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome was guilty of theft and unauthorized use of a 1967 Shelby Ford Mustang. The defendant claimed that, due to his Asperger’s, he believed that he had permission to use the car and did not fully understand questions by the police when he allegedly confessed to the crime.
Pre-law undergraduate students from universities across the United States competed in the trial competition. Concord was joined in the competition by much larger schools including teams from the University of Florida, the University of Arizona, Louisiana State University, Central Florida University, Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, Western Illinois University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida International University.

Concord’s mock trial teams are coached by Marshall S. Campbell. A local attorney, Campbell is a pre-law instructor at Concord, and the University’s Director of Human Resources.

“I am extremely proud of the members of Concord’s teams,” Campbell said. “They continued the legacy of bringing a competitive ‘final four’ team to the competition. The positive result again this year evidences Concord’s strong legal studies and pre-law program.”
The competition is part of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity’s National Pre-Law Conference, which also includes speakers on law school applications, financial aid, LSAT test preparation and how to be successful law students.

Campbell thanked several local judges. “We went to the Mercer County Courthouse on Nov. 1 and had local Circuit Judges Derek Swope, William Sadler and Omar Aboulhosn and Family Court Judge Mary Ellen Griffith judge practice rounds. We greatly appreciate their willingness to assist us. Their excellent advice on the case is invaluable,” he said.

Besides the mock trial class, Concord offers a variety of pre-law classes that assist students in preparing for law school or other careers.