UAB’s Mock Trial Team placed second at the South regional Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) tournament in Memphis, TN the weekend of March 23rd-25th The purpose of ORCS competitions, which are held in four regions across the country, is to determine which teams qualify for the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) National Championship Tournament held April 13th-15th in Minneapolis.
The Blazers won every round in the tournament except one in defeating teams from Portland State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Georgia. The team lost one very close round to the tournament’s eventual winner and three time past national champion Rhodes College.
Team members Grady Lowman and Ariel Smith won individual awards for their roles in the competition. Other team members include Brian Price, Kimberly Jeter, Valencia Jackson, Yamini Bhat, Ali Massoud, Thor Christianson, Priyanka Patel, and Dhvanil Zaveri.
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The UAB Mock Trial team won the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Regional Invitational Tournament that was held in Jackson, MS February 24-26.
The team completed the tournament with an 8-0 record, sweeping every judge’s score sheet in all four rounds. UAB defeated teams from Southern Methodist, Middle Tennessee State, the University of Georgia, and Mississippi Valley State University. The win comes on the heels of a third place finish record at the recent “Ramblin Wreck” Invitational that was hosted by Georgia Tech.
In addition to winning the tournament, the team once again captured a tournament’s “Spirit of AMTA” Award given to the team that best exemplifies AMTA’s ideals of civility, justice, and fair play. Several team members earned individual awards including Grady Lowman, Artem Joukov, and Ariel Smith for outstanding performances as attorneys or witnesses. Other team members include Brian Price,