Queensborough Earns Praise as the Only Community College to Compete with Four-Year Institutions in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament at Roger Williams University

Mock Trial TeamHarvard, Yale and Rutgers were among the universities in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Tournament, held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, February 8-9,  in which ,Queensborough, the only community college to participate in the event, competed.

In a highly competitive third round of the four round tournament, Queensborough earned a tie with Brandeis University.

“This was one of the most outstanding achievements in the seven year history of the QCC Mock Trial program,” said Professor Ted Rosen, one of the team’s faculty advisors/coaches. “The team excelled in its opening and closing statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, witness’ performances and argument of evidentiary objections.”

Other institutions in the tournament included the University of Connecticut, Roger Williams University, Lafayette College, Iona College, University of Maryland, Bryant University and Providence College.

In the three other rounds of the tournament, the QCC team went up against teams from American University, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

“Our team used its deep knowledge of the rules of evidence to make objections and to answer the objections voiced by our opponents,” commented Professor Leslie Francis.

Professor Elaine Thompson added, “Our students worked hard for more than five months preparing for this tournament and, as a result, displayed poise, presence and command of the issues.”

Professor Kelly Ford stated “while it is very challenging for our students to compete in this very high-level competition against teams from prestigious four year colleges and universities, our students rose to the occasion and demonstrated that they can compete well at this level.”

This is the seventh year Queensborough has participated in the AMTA tournament.

In past years, QCC team members have won three Outstanding Witness Awards.  In addition, in three separate regional tournaments, the QCC team has received The Spirit of AMTA Award, which is presented to one team that best exemplifies the ideals of honesty, civility and fair play and is awarded based on ranks given to each team by their opponents.

Student members of the QCC Mock Trial Team:

Jaime Andrade; Zymeena Chavis; Jia Cheong; Romer Cisneros; R. Leanne Constant; Sylvia Diyarza; Jonathan Escutia; Lijuan He; Ee (Eric) Shiun Hong; Miguel Jara; Michael Rawls; Kelly Rizo and Marcia Rodriguez.

QCC Faculty advisors/coaches:

Professors Ted Rosen, Leslie Francis, Stephen Hammel and Kelly Ford of the Department of Business/Business Academy;

Professor Elaine Thompson, Department of Speech Communication/Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy;

Mrs. Bonnie Cook, Director,  Student Learning Center

Students interested in joining the QCC Mock Trial Team should contact Professor Rosen at TRosen@qcc.cuny.edu.