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Mock trial team presents its case to public

March 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's mock trial team is taking its case to the public with a presentation from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the downtown Kalamazoo County Circuit courthouse. Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Philip D. Schaefer will preside over the free public event.

Students will perform their roles from the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament held in early February. Team members Richard Salchow, a recent graduate from Richmond, Mich., and Reema Nandy, a third-year political science student from Sterling Heights, Mich., received individual awards; while one of WMU's two mock trial teams won an honorable mention at the regional Feb. 2-4 event, held at Notre Dame University. WMU's mock trial team is coached by part-time Lee Honors College and political science instructor Joelle Renstrom,

During a mock trial, students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses and present their side of a case issued by the American Mock Trial Association. This year's case involves an allegation of excessive force against a police department after an officer shoots a 16-year-old boy who remains in a coma.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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