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Paladins Continue the Tradition of Excellence in Orlando

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Dear Paladin Mock Trial Supporters: Greetings from Orlando, where I have been the last few days with University’s mock trial team which was competing in the 30th American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship Tournament.  As I noted in an earlier dispatch, this is the 18th year in a row that Furman has qualified for this event. I am delighted to report that our team finished in 7th place in its 24-team division.  Earning a top-ten finish is considered the gold standard in our event, and this is the standard that the Paladins have met in 15 of our 18 trips to the finals. Our...

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Paladins Rock Minneapolis!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Dear Friends of Paladin Mock Trial: Good morning from snowy (not joking!) Minneapolis, the site of the 2012 National Mock Trial Championships.  The students, coaches, and I are happy to inform the denizens of Paladintown that its mock trial team finished in a tie for 5th place in its division with the elite of our activity–UVA, NYU, and UCLA.  Our students also tied for the Spirit of AMTA award with Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham.  This award is given to the team that best exemplifies the community’s values of professionalism, civility, and fair play.  In short, our students...

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Paladins Win Second Bid to Ney National

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Paladin Mock Trial Supporters: I am pleased to report that the Paladin mock trial team competing at the Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, GA) regional tournament this weekend earned Furman a second bid to the Ney National Tournament (to go with the one it earned in Orlando last weekend), which will be held on the Furman campus, March 23-25. I am delighted that Furman’s tradition of excellence in mock trial was again on display this weekend in North Georgia. As a result, our mock trial program has established itself as one of the elite programs in the nation that has earned TWO bids to the...

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Paladins Win Bid to Post-Season!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Greetings from Orlando, Florida. I apologize for my silence over the last few weeks with regard to the mock trial team. The students, coaches, and I have been on the road to Miami, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill, and this weekend, a return to the Sunshine State. Since last writing about our tournament in NYC, we’ve experienced some bumps in the road. We had hoped for better team results at the tournaments in late January and early February. At those tournaments, however, we had some very strong individual performances: Catie Donnelly ’13, Charleston, SC won an oustanding attorney and...

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Paladins in the Big Apple

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Dear Mock Trial Supporters:  I am sitting at LaGuardia waiting for a flight to Charlotte with the mock trial team. This weekend the Paladin’s opened their spring semester with the Downtown Invitational Tournament, hosted by New York University, in the Kings County Criminal Court in Brooklyn. The Downtown is the premier invitational of the season, and Furman was one of sixteen teams that secured an invitation. The field included six former national champions and many of the top-ranked programs in the nation. The tournament was brutal: The top team, defending national champion UCLA, won...

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