Benedictine Mock Trial returned to the Opening Round Championship Tournament (ORCS), in consecutive years for the first time. The 2016 & 2017 Benedictine Mock Trial team finished the season at the Opening Round Championship Tournament in Geneva Illinois.
The team missed the cut for the National Championship by a mere 7 points. But the team didn't go away empty handed. Paulina Piasecki earned her second consecutive Outstanding Attorney Award. Paulina earned 19 ranks (out of 20) on the prosecution and 16 reanks (out of 20) on the defense.
Although this completed the Mock Eagles season, benedictine Mock trial had a successful year. Up unitl the ORCS tournament Benedictine' A squad left each tournament with a winning record; a feat not previously accomplished.
Benedictine Mock Trial finished the year at the American Mock Trial Association's National Tournament in San Diego. This marks the first time in nearly 10 years that Benedictine University attended a National Tournament. Benedictine Mock Trial came home with an Outstanding Attorney Award and secured Benedictine’s first ever national ranking. At the end of this season, Benedictine Mock Trial will have placed near the top 25% of competing programs. With no Division I or Division II in Mock Trial, the ranking will list Benedictine University among the top universities in the country. Recognized by her work as a plaintiff lawyer, Paulina Piasecki became Benedictine’s first National Award Winning Lawyer in nearly 10 years. Ms. Piasecki was honored with 9 other students, out of 144 competing lawyers, in San Diego as one of the best lawyers in competition. This accomplishment places Paulina in the top 7% of lawyers nationwide, and her name will be included with best competing lawyers from other programs including: Harvard, UCLA, Northwestern, Yale, and The University of Chicago; to name a few.
The Benedictine University Mock Trial team earned a bid to the American Mock Trial Association National Tournament in San Diego California. The tournament in San Diego is the Opening Round for the National Championship where 24 teams will compete for a spot at the National Championship. This marks the first time in 9 years Benedictine University Mock Trial has earned a bid to National Competition and the first time since the rules change in 2008. The Benedictine Team earning the bid in Joliet was lead by Freshman Paulina Piasecki, Senior Katherine Welz and Junior Genevieve Borowski. The team started the regional tournament with a +62 point victory over St. Xavier, good for 2 wins, and moved on to one of 3 top rounds against an elite University of Chicago team. The team narrowly missed a victory by 1 point. The effort wasn’t what the Benedictine team hoped for, but the team moved on to day 2 of the competition. The team picked up where it left off on day two, defeating nationally Ranked St. Norbert by +19 points and finished with a split decision against North Central College. The result earned Benedictine a top ten finish and a national bid to San Diego. As a result of the team’s success, on March 7th and 8th Benedictine University will compete among some of the top schools in the country. Teams like UCLA, Stanford, Pomona and the University of Arizona will be in attendance and actively trying to reach the National Championship.