Quincy University’s mock trial season will kick off Saturday, October 26, with the annual Quincy Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament—a sanctioned American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) invitational tournament that draws participation from various distinguished colleges and universities across the country. Held in the Adams County Courthouse, the one-day tournament features two rounds and 16 teams. The tournament is hosted by the QU political science department and pre-law program and is judged by lawyers from the Adams County Bar Association as well as Eighth Judicial Circuit judges.
Mock Trial provides a vital learning experience for QU’s pre-law students by providing them with the opportunity to learn how to prepare and present cases and legal arguments in competition with other schools. Since its launch in 2001, QU teams have qualified for several national tournaments and been awarded dozens of individual awards.
Members of the Quincy University team include:
- Charlie Argana – senior, Quincy, Ill.
- Cody Chmelik – sophomore, Clearwater, FL
- Arlette DeHaze – sophomore, Frederiksted, VA
- Loren Gutierrez – senior, Quincy, Ill.
- Shelby Hoiness – sophomore, Rochelle, Ill.
- Brooke Horner – freshman, Hamilton, Ill.
- Meghan McCarthy – junior, Mokena, Ill.
- Patrick Robinette – freshman, Stow, OH.
- Ashley Stollberg – senior, Quincy, Ill.
- Samantha Stollberg – senior, Quincy, Ill.
- Josh Jones ’99 – Assistant States Attorney
- Chris Pratt – Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP
- Dr. Brian Borlas – Quincy University professor of political science
Schools participating in the Riverside Classic include Bradley, Truman State, St. Ambrose, Lewis, Culver-Stockton and Western Illinois University. Matches begin at 9:30 a.m. and typically last two and half hours. Matches will be held in the eight courtrooms.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.