HBU Press Releases

Mock trial team earns fifth consecutive spot in National Tournament’s opening round

February 6, 2012

HBU's Blue Team placed second overall at the American Mock Trial Association's Houston Regional Tournament, held Feb. 3-5 on the HBU campus. More than 170 students on 22 different teams representing 15 colleges and universities, including the University of Texas and the University of Georgia, competed at the event.

The HBU Blue Team finished with a record of 7-1, taking ballots from SMU, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-Pan American and University of St. Thomas.

In the individual award categories, Nefi Lopez, who earned a perfect score, and Juanita Camarillo received Outstanding Witness awards, while Crystal Dang, Joseph Strack and Shelby Tankersley each earned Outstanding Attorney awards.

Finishing in the top eight qualifies HBU's Blue Team for the National Championship Tournament, which takes place in two parts. The Blue Team will compete next in the Opening Round Championship held in Memphis, Tenn., March 23-25. The top eight teams from Memphis – one of eight Opening Round Championship events scheduled around the country – will move on to the second phase, the National Championship Tournament, held in Minneapolis, Minn., April 13-15.

Timothy Rothberg, an HBU alumnus and Houston attorney, coaches the HBU mock trial teams, with assistance from HBU alumnus and former mock trial participant Derrick Owens and Houston attorney Neal Hoffman.

Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body. The University is dedicated to the development of the intellect, the moral character and the spiritual lives of its students. It has access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country.