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City Tech Team Takes a ‘Best Attorney’ and ‘Spirit of AMTA Award” in American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition

The weekend of February 24-26, 2012, City Tech’s Department of Law & Paralegal Studies-sponsored Mock Trial team participated in the rigorous American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Competition in Easton, PA, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Noel R. Garcia. The field included teams from 18 colleges, including Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. The City Tech team members were Mina Abusafe, Fida Abdallah, Saudia Gillespie, Janna Hakim, Clair Plaisir, Doug Triglianos and Terel Watson (all Law & Paralegal Studies students) and Pablo Mota (a Chemical Technology student) and Nathan Yamplosky (an Entertainment Technology student).

The hard-work and effort by the nine team members paid-off, giving the City Tech competitors the College’s best results ever. The team went 4-4 and placed 13th in a field of 26 teams, with the top eight teams moving on to the next round of competition, which requires a record of 5-3. To its credit, the City Tech team was selected by its peers to receive the "Spirit of AMTA Award," given to only one team for civility, justice and fair play.

Individually, the City Tech students did very well. Terel Watson earned a "Best Attorney" award for the second year in a row. Douglass Triglianos was also an outstanding competitor and fell only one point short of earning his own "Best Attorney" award. In individual rounds, Clairsine Plaisir and Nathan Yamplosky were considered the best of the six witnesses called in every round.

The City Tech team is especially grateful to Assistant Professor Garcia and other department faculty members for their guidance, support and encouragement. Special thanks go to department Chair Connie Mennella for helping make the trip possible and to pioneering retired Manhattan Family Court Judge and City Tech Distinguished Lecturer Sara Schechter for taking the time to evaluate team scrimmages and for sharing her words of wisdom regarding trial advocacy.

3.07.12


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