Mock Trial Regional Tournament Comes to Penn State Altoona

February 21, 2003

More than 300 students from New York and Pennsylvania will come to Penn State Altoona this weekend to sharpen their debate skills and learn first-hand about the work of trial attorneys during the Mock Trial Regional Tournament. The three-day tournament will include 29 teams from 13 colleges and universities, including two teams from Penn State Altoona. Mock Trial is a competition between prosecution (or plaintiff) and defense teams, consisting of undergraduate students taking on the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a criminal or civil legal issue. The American Mock Trial Association sanctions the competition and annually provides case material on a hypothetical issue. Qualifying teams will then advance to national competition in the spring. Mock Trial furthers an understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system; increases basic skills, analytical ability, and self-confidence; promotes cooperation among students of differing cultures and interests as well as cogeneration between the legal educational communities; and provides a source of new classroom materials to support learning about important controversial issues. For more information about the American Mock Trial Association, go to

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