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Furman Mock Trial wins big

The Furman University mock trial team took first place in the Fifth Annual Classic City Invitational hosted in Atlanta by the University of Georgia Mock Trial Team Oct. 19-20. Furman tied for first place at the Tenth Annual Great American Mock Trial Invitational (GAMTI) held Nov. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. and hosted by the University of Virginia.

In the tournament that UGA Mock Trial described as “the most competitive field yet,” Furman’s 10-member team did not drop a single ballot. Furman mockers out-performed 25 teams including those from Harvard, Rhodes College, Vanderbilt and UCLA, among others.

The winning Furman team members are:

Chelsey  Dawson, ‘17 (Media, Pa.)

Kiersty DeGroote, ‘14 (Lyman S.C.)

Maddison Hall, ‘14 (Fort Mill, S.C.)

Dustin Magaziner, ‘15 (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Katherine Martin, ‘14 (Snellville, Ga.)

Andrew Mueller, ‘14 (Tinley Park, Ill.)

Chris Pogue, ‘15 (East Greenwich, R.I.)

Julia Reynolds, ‘17 (Concord, Mass.)

Gitu Tandon, ‘17 (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Nathan Thompson, ‘16 (Arlington, Va.)

At GAMTI, Furman tied for first place with the University of Virginia A and B teams and Rhodes College. This result marks Furman’s first team award at GAMTI since 2009. The 18-team field at GAMTI included Harvard, Yale, Rhodes College, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Duke among other top-tier universities.

Katherine Martin received an award for Outstanding Attorney, scoring highest among all attorneys. Dustin Magaziner also won an Outstanding Attorney award, and Chris Pogue received an Outstanding Witness award.

The Furman mock trial teams were coached by graduates Lindsay Builder (2007) and D. Brad Rustin (2003), as well as John Bateman (spouse of 2006 Furman alumna).

For more information, contact the Furman University News and Information Office at 864-294-3107.

Last updated February 17, 2016
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Clinton Colmenares
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