Future lawyers from Texas, Missouri and Kansas are on campus for the second annual MSSU City of Hope Invitational.

The mock trial competition is sponsored by the James R. Spradling Center for Law & Politics.

The MSSU City of Hope Invitational features mock trial teams from three states.

The MSSU City of Hope Invitational features mock trial teams from three states.

Two teams of six Missouri Southern students – playing as attorneys and witnesses — will compete against teams from other schools in a wrongful death case. Students competing are Cory Garr, Keegan Tinney, Laurna Alumbaugh, Duncan Street, Alissa Runge, Amanda Girdler, Julia Lucas, Nicholas Tilton, Aditya Malhotra, Madie Plet, Rachel Bowman and Angeles Guillen.

“The teams have done really well this year,” said Dr. JoAnna Derfelt, associate professor of political science and the mock trial advisor. “They took first place at an invitational in Texas in October, and they haven’t competed in a tournament this year when they haven’t brought home an individual award.”

Senior Cory Garr is in his second year on the team and believes it will benefit him as he moves on from Missouri Southern.

“Applying to law schools, I’ve had so many admissions people tell me they appreciate students having mock trial experience,” he said.

Next month, the university’s mock trial team will compete at the regional tournament at UMKC. The top eight teams will move on to compete at nationals.