National Tournament

Mock trial team surpasses 2014 record
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Cornell Mock Trial Association team competed at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament in Cincinnati this spring.

Big Red earned a bid to attend the national contest after its A team finished undefeated in its regional tournament.

The eight-member team in Ohio was the least experienced Cornell team to compete at that level but, nevertheless, the Cornell competitors gave their best performance in recent years, earning a record of 5-7.

Three individual competitors came close to earning an All-American award, the highest individual achievement at the national competition.

Alexis Leonard ’16 and Olivia Lifflander A&S ’18 were two and one ranks, respectively, from earning an All-American award for defense. Noelle Durkin A&S ’18 was one rank away from an All-American award for plaintiff.

Cornell Mock Trial Association President Laura Bach ’16, said, “I think it's clear we have an exceptionally talented program, and I have never felt more confident about Cornell's potential.”