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Westmoreland County High School Mock Trial Students to Participate in Closing Arguments Competition at SVC

Public Relations
Posted: Monday Nov 21, 2011

Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology, Law, and Society will host a Mock Trial Closing Arguments Competition for students from eight Westmoreland County high schools from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 at the Fred M. Rogers Center. They will present closing arguments to a panel of judges for a fictitious legal case that will be decided by a volunteer jury.

Area attorneys and non-attorneys from the Saint Vincent community will serve as judges.

The program is under the direction of Bruce A. Antkowiak, counsel to Saint Vincent College, professor of law, and director of the Criminology, Law, and Society Program.

“The purpose of the competition is to provide a realistic setting for students who may be considering a career in law or criminology to practice their legal presentation skills, to observe other top students who participate in mock trial programs, and to have an opportunity to meet and learn from some of the area’s top legal experts,” Dr. Antkowiak explained. “We look forward to welcoming other students, parents and interested area residents to Saint Vincent for this special educational program.”

The competition is free and open to the public. For information, contact Dr. Antkowiak at 724 805-2940.