The award winning
Delaware campus chapter of Phi Alpha Delta
hosted a Mock Trial “Showdown” on the evening of Tuesday, October 25th in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom before a sizable audience of students, faculty, and staff.
The Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes, a former Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennyslvania trial judge, presided over the mock trail. Carlos Vega, an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office represented the prosecution while Widener Law alum Fortunato N. Perri Jr. ’88 represented the defense.
Current Phi Alpha Delta President Clint Orem opened the event with a general welcome. He introduced the three guests and offered a thank you to the Phi Alpha Delta Board for helping put the event together.
The mock trial offered the students in the audience and opportunity to see working lawyers in action in a realistic trial setting. The event also allowed them to observe courtroom conduct and watch how the lawyers constructed and executed their arguments, including opening statements as well as direct witness examinations and cross-examinations.
The Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her legal degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas by then Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge in 1995 and was elected to a full ten-year term beginning in January of 1996. She was relected to a second full term in 2005. She retired from the bench in 2011 and became the CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Carlos Vega graduated from Fordham University and earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Third World Law Journal. Following a short time with te New York State Attorney General’s Office, he joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office in 1982. In his time with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, he has worked with various units including: municipal court, waivers, major crimes, charging, and the homicide division where he currently works.
Fortunato N. Perri Jr. graduated from West Chester University and earned his J.D. from Widener Law. A partner at McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak, he began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and he has gone on to become one of the few lawyers in the United States who has obtained excellence in both criminal and civil litigation. His defense of rap artist Beanie Siegel catapulted him into the national spotlight. Philadelphia Magazine named Mr. Perri a “Super Lawyer” from 2004 through 2009.