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~Wellesley College Mock Trial Team Wins National Championship~

For immediate release:
April 18, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. - A team of eight students from Wellesley College finished first place out of 40 teams from around the United States in the American Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., April 13-14. The tournament was sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).

Students who were part of the Wellesley team included:

Jessica L. Hass '02, Albuquerque, N.M.
Karen E. Long '03, Littleton, Colo.
Elizabeth K. Edwards '04, Allentown, Pa.
Kimberly J. Kolstad '04, Allendale, N.J.
Sabrina A. Gibson '05, Buffalo, N.Y.
Julia M. Reed '05, Nashville, Tenn.
Alanna G. Clair '05, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lindsay Yarbrough Burr '05, Boulder, Colo.

In addition to the team's accomplishment, team captain Jessica Hass won an individual award for Best Attorney and first-year student Julia Reed won an individual award for Best Witness, portraying a police detective.

Two Boston attorneys, Ilan Barzilay, with Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., and Brian Olson, with Grand Circle Corp., serve as Wellesley College's Mock Trial coaches, helping prepare the team for the competition. The AMTA was founded in 1985 to give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn firsthand about the work of trial attorneys. AMTA mock trial competitions promote understanding of the American judicial system and help students to develop critical thinking and enhance their communication skills. This year marked the first year of the American Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament.

The 40 competing teams won spots to the national tournament by qualifying at 17 regional tournaments sponsored by AMTA and held during late January and February. The national tournament included teams from schools such as New York University, Rice University and the University of Southern California. The Wellesley team won a tournament spot at a regional competition in Manchester, Conn., in February.

"The team members began their preparation back in September and put in an extraordinary amount of effort, meeting several times during the week, including on weekends," said Barzilay. "Their dedication to mock trial, a non-credit extracurricular activity, was astounding. What makes the Wellesley team's achievement even more remarkable is that this is only the second year of the mock trial team's existence, its first with a coach."

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students


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