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Moot Court Team Makes Its Case at National Competition

February 27, 2006

It was an impressive showing by Bentley, which placed in the Top 10 at a national competition held in Dallas, Texas, on January 20 and 21. Bentley students Melissa Wendt and Kathryne Van Horne, who represented Bentley, went up against 71 other teams representing schools such as Holy Cross, Texas Wesleyan, SUNY Albany and Drake University.

Melissa and Kathryne attended the tournament with their Moot Court coach, Professor of Law Franklyn Salimbene. Franklyn, who is director of the Bentley Service Learning Center, says he is proud of the team's accomplishments.



"Kathryn and Melissa," said Franklyn. "The national competition was extremely competitive. They did extensive preparation and performed very well in oral advocacy, but they faced formidable opposing teams. Nonetheless, Bentley's overall score in the competition placed us tenth out of the 23 schools that competed."

The students were ranked as a team and individually. Melissa ended up scoring 37th out of 142 individual undergraduate orators.



This is the fourth year Bentley's team has taken part in the competition. To prepare, they studied an in-depth case created by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association. The association identifies at least 20 precedent cases or Supreme Court decisions from which the students choose to create an argument. Each team must be prepared to argue either side of the case. The Bentley team received additional coaching from Toni Wolfman, Executive-in-Residence at the Women's Leadership Institute.

According to Melissa, the moot court experience was invaluable. "This was a great opportunity for us, especially in building our public speaking skills. We also had a lot of fun. We would never have done as well as we did without the coaching and guidance of Professor Salimbene and Dr. Wolfman."

Teammate, Kathryne Van Horne, agrees. "This was a great experience. I learned a lot, not only about law, but also about forming strong arguments, in addition to improving presentation and public speaking skills. I think the team performed much better than any of us expected in the regional tournament, and although we did not do as well as we would have liked in the Nationals, it was still a great learning experience."

(By Helen Henrichs, assistant director of Public and Media Relations)

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