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AU Hosts Inaugural WONK Trial Invitational

WHO: American University’s Mock Trial Team

WHAT: Hosts Inaugural WONK Trial Invitational

WHEN: This weekend, November 12-13

WHERE: American University, Ward Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC, 20016

This weekend, American University’s Mock Trial Team will host the inaugural WONK Trial Invitational.  Undergraduates from 20 college and university teams throughout the region will assume prosecution, defense, and witness roles in simulated trials of a driver charged with murder and DUI.

Verdicts will be handed down and competitors scored by 60 local attorneys and judges.

In just its fourth year of competition, the AU team looks to build on last season’s success which included several top-5 team finishes and multiple individual honors.  The team is coached by Jessica Waters, assistant professor of justice, law and society.  Waters, a former litigator specializing in criminal defense, received her BA and JD from American.

Other DC area schools participating include Georgetown, Howard, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.