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Future lawyer helps shape Mock Trial Club

Future lawyer Dan Isaacs prides himself on his work with the Mock Trial Club on campus.

The student group, founded seven years ago, participates in tournaments in which teams of eight split in half and build the plaintiff and defense cases for a mock trial. This year, with Isaacs as president, the club ?elded two teams for the ?rst time.

“We work with the federal rules of evidence, so you’re doing the same work as an attorney,” Isaacs said. “It’s a great way to try out the law.

”The cases are judged by real judges, lawyers and law students.

Isaacs, 21, a psychology and phi-losophy double major, grew up in Or-ange County and participated in his high school’s Mock Trial Club. His father raved about Binghamton, his own alma mater, which made it easy for Isaacs to choose to enroll here.

Isaacs, who likes sports ranging from golf to tennis, worked as a mechanic for the bowling alley in the University Union last year and has played indoor and outdoor intramural soccer as well. Last summer, he served as an orienta-tion adviser.

Geoff McGovern, a graduate student in political science and the group’s ad-viser, said Isaacs has led the club with a surprising humility. “We have very talented students on the team, so it takes a special style to effectively pull everyone together,” McGovern said. “Dan does this with a great deal of class. He has an uncanny way of making decisions that everyone agrees with. We are a better team because of his leadership.”

Isaacs, a dean’s list student who hopes to become a trial attorney, plans to attend law school in New York City next year.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08