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MOCK TRIAL TEAM EARNS SPOT IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

Collin Mock Trial TeamMarch 9, 2009 - Collin College's Mock Trial team is the only two-year institution to qualify for national competition following the Great Southern Regional Tournament Feb. 21-22 in Houston.

The Collin College squad finished fourth behind the Air Force Academy and two The University of Texas teams. Other universities competing included The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University, Houston Baptist University, St. Thomas University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Baylor University and others.

Government student Austin McBride, of Plano, was honored individually with an All-Regional Witness Award.

Collin College's Mock Trial team will compete at the 25th annual American Mock Trial National Championship Friday-Sunday, April 17-19 in Des Moines.

The Collin College team is comprised of paralegal, criminal justice and general studies students. This is the team's fourth year of competition. All competing colleges are required to prepare a team of six to eight students that will present a prosecution and a defense of a case. This year's regional competition was based on a defamation lawsuit brought on by a celebrity against a media outlet.

In November, the Collin College squad was the only community college to compete in the Baylor Invitational Tournament and tied for second with Southern Methodist University. Other universities participating were The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Rice University and others.

For more information about Collin College's Mock Trial team, contact Robert Franklin, associate professor of American government, at 972.732.7712 or e-mail him at rfranklin@collin.edu.

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