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Attorneys wrap up witness questioning in jury trial for Shannon Miller's discrimination case

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Shannon Miller's attorneys have finished  questioning their witnesses in the former women's hockey coach's discrimination case against UMD.

Her attorneys are working to prove the university engaged in gender discrimination and retaliation when Chancellor Lendley Black and Athletic Director Josh Berlo decided not to renew Miller's contract in December of 2014.

Their final three witnesses were former women's softball coach and Miller's partner, Jen Banford; Art Cobb, a CPA who testified to damages; and Charlie Kenyon, the father of one of Miller's former players.

Banford testified to her own experiences with gender discrimination at the university, and her negative experiences with Berlo.

Cobb testified the university owes Miller between $2,66,140 and $3,262,140 in damages for lost compensation, benefits and costs of relocation.

Kenyon spoke to his positive experiences with Miller and his satisfaction with the way she coached his daughter.

The university also called its first witnesses -  Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Lisa Erwin, and Chief Development Director Tricia Bunten.

Both testified to great relationships with Chancellor Black and no experience with gender discrimination at the university. Bunten also testified, through her role running fundraising for the university, donations can't be made based on hiring decisions, or be made directly to pay someone's salary.

Before break, the university made a motion to throw out the charges on the grounds Miller's attorneys did not provide enough evidence to establish discrimination and retaliation.

Judge Patrick Schiltz denied the motion.

The defense is expected to finish with its witnesses on Wednesday. Closing arguments are expected Thursday morning.

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