St. John native David DeSchepper was an integral part of the Lewis University Mock Trial team that tied for first place at the Seventh Annual Fantastic Flyers Tournament held in November at Lewis University.
DeSchepper, 21, is a junior at the Romeoville campus, double majoring in English writing and political science.
“I plan on attending law school, hopefully somewhere in Michigan or Chicago. I am looking at a career in criminal defense or civil plaintiff work,” DeSchepper said.
The tournament featured 22 teams from across five states and argued cases for sitting judges and practicing attorneys. Students were scored on a combination of acting, speaking, and thinking skills.
DeSchepper’s team tied for first place with Loyola University Chicago and Illinois State University, and received an award of excellence for its overall performance.
In addition, DeSchepper received an Outstanding Attorney Award given by the judges and attorneys present.
“I was excited to bring home an award, but what I'm happier about is the direction the team has taken. This isn't a one-man show, even winning an individual award requires team work,” he said.
“The courtroom creates a teaching atmosphere. When you are in court you have the opportunity to use your knowledge of the law to teach a jury and potentially a judge about the facts of law and how they should be applied in our lives.
“Hopefully we can continue to bring home awards as a team. At the Flyer, Lewis’ team brought in five individual awards in addition to our first-place finish,” he added.
The son of David and Katy DeSchepper, the junior is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society at Lewis.