By Progress Staff

Teams from 40 colleges and universities will converge on Eastern’s campus Friday through Sunday for the 2003 American Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament.It marks the first time a national mock trial event has been help on Richmond’s campus.

The student competitors will argue for the prosecution and defense in an imaginary wrongful death case.

Participating schools include the University of Southern California, Kent State, Wellsley, Butler, Siena, Elmhurst, Austin Peay, Pittsburgh and Eastern Washington, among others.

Events will be held in several campus buildings including Perkins, Stratton, Keen Johnson, Combs and Cammack.

Eastern’s mock trial team will not participate because it recently returned from a national mock trial tournament in St. Paul, Minn., where it earned an honorable mention for competitive team performance and in the Spirit of AMTA category, which rewards teams that best exemplify the virtues if civility, justice and fair play. Fifty-two schools participated, including Arizona, Columbia, Miami, Northwestern, Ohio State, Boston College, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford and Yale.

Team members include Kimberly Ratliff, Jessica Newman, Sarah Carter, Sarah Darnall, Amy Fugate, Samantha Shelton, Emily Pfetzer, Danielle Matthews, Jacqueline Schulz, Tracy Gragston and Kalen Bruce.

Dr. Sara Zeigler is the team’s faculty adviser.