UMBC Mock Trial readies for Regionals

The past two weekend, UMBC’s A and B teams were on the road for local competitions to finish the 2016-17 invitational calendar. As usual, UMBC’s teams came home from those tournaments with team recognition and numerous individual awards.

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Witness Kayla Smith (L) and Attorney Summer Akhtar (R) with their individual awards.

On January 21 and 22, 2017, UMBC’s A and B teams traveled a few miles up the road to Johns Hopkins University for their inaugural Blue Jay Invitational. UMBC’s A team earned 4th place at the invitational, with a record of 5.5 wins. Additionally, A team attorney Summer Akhtar won an Outstanding Attorney award (her first of many), and A team witness Kayla Smith won her fourth Outstanding Witness award of the 16-17 season.

The following weekend, UMBC’s two teams headed opposite directions on I-95. UMBC’s A team traveled south to Washington D.C. for the Georgetown University Hilltop Invitational, one of the strongest invitational tournaments in the country. Despite stiff competition from elite teams, UMBC’s A team finished with 5 wins at Hilltop, narrowly missing out on a team award. Additionally, A team attorney Brandon James won an Outstanding Attorney Award, and witness Lily Felber won an Outstanding Witness award.

UMBC’s B team traveled to Stevenson University for the 2017 Charm City Classic Mock Trial Invitational. This is the second year that Stevenson and UMBC have co-hosted the Charm City Classic, and UMBC’s B team made sure it was the second year UMBC came home with serious hardware. The B team finished in 4th place at Charm City with 5 wins. Additionally, attorney Ethan Hudson won an Outstanding Attorney award, and witnesses Evan Avila and Nihir Nanavaty won Outstanding Witness awards.

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UMBC’s B team with their 4th place award and individual awards.

With these tournaments in the rear view mirror, the focus turns squarely to Regionals. In less than three weeks, UMBC’s A team will go for their third consecutive bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS), while B team will be looking for their first. Both teams will be competing at the Baltimore Regional, which is held at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.