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Mock trial team ranks third in nation

Miami’s mock trial team came in third in the nation with Miami team member Brad Keffer scoring the highest rating of any "attorney" participating in the American Mock Trial Association’s national competition held April 2-4 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 2003-2004 national mock trial case was about a hockey player accused of murdering a rival hockey player who had taken not only the spotlight and a lucrative hockey contract from him, but his wife.

"Keffer scored the ultimate hat-trick," says Dan Herron, a mock trial team coach, explaining that "hat-trick" is a hockey term used when a player scores three goals in one game.

Keffer, a senior marketing major from the Cincinnati area and a graduate of Anderson High School, won his third consecutive All-American Attorney Award at the competition and scored a perfect rating for his closing defense arguments as well as earning the highest ranking for an attorney.

Kate Bowling, a junior political science major from Hamilton and a Badin High School graduate, also earned All-American honors for her role as the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the hockey player victim.

In addition to Miami’s first team coming in third in the nation, Miami’s second qualifying team came in 16th.

Miami’s run included double wins over the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame with one win and one loss each to Holy Cross and Columbia’s second qualifying team.

UCLA and Columbia earned first- and second-place honors in the competition.
Herron (finance) was awarded the 2004 Congressman Neal Smith Award, presented annually by the American Mock Trial Association’s board of directors to an educator/coach who has made a significant contribution to law-related education.

This marks the 10th consecutive year that Miami has qualified in the national championship tournament. In its 11-year history, Miami’s program has earned eight regional championships, six consecutive top-15 finishes at the national competition and four consecutive top-10 finishes, including the 2001 national championship.

In addition to Herron, the Miami program is coached by faculty members Wayne Staton and Daniel Haughey (both finance), graduate assistant Andrew Hogan (economics) and attorney Angela Haughey.

Date Published: 04/08/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 31

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