UAB Mock Trial Places Fifth at MTSU InvitationalThe UAB Mock Trial Team went 6-2 and placed fifth in their division at the Mid-South Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Middle Tennessee State University held the tournament on their campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and hosted 46 mock trial teams who all competed for the top spots. UAB participated in all four rounds of the competition and outscored their opponents on six of the eight judges’ score sheets that determined the rounds. They took both judges’ score sheets against University of Tennessee Knoxville, split 1-1 with Hamline University and Millsaps College, and then went on to sweep judges’ score sheets in the final round against an exceptionally talented Rhodes team. UAB students Cooper Bailey and Zachary Carpenter also received individual awards for their performance as attorneys and witnesses at the tournament.
The UAB Mock Trial Team has been diligently preparing for this tournament since the beginning of the academic year. It started with dividing the team into groups who analyzed a fictional case file posted by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). The groups then assigned team members to attorney and witness roles, and the groups performed full trials (often called “scrimmages”) against each other. Two weeks ago, UAB hosted teams from the University of Alabama and Samford University for practice rounds in preparation for their invitational. UAB alumni, local attorneys, and the teams’ coaches judged those scrimmages. The coaches said they could not be more pleased with the result of all the team’s extensive preparation.
The UAB Mock Trial Team would like to thank all those who judged the scrimmage, judged at the Mid-South Invitational, and all the teams who we competed against in those rounds. The team would especially like to thank founding coaches John Grimes and Jim Phillips for returning to judge, give critique, and help the team reach fighting condition. Coaches Grimes and Phillips founded the Mock Trial Program in 1995, twenty years ago as of this year. Under their leadership, the team won numerous regional tournaments and a national tournament in 2006.
The UAB Mock Trial Team will compete again at a scrimmage hosted by Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee on December 5-6. Any students who are interested in joining the mock trial team are encouraged to contact us at email@example.com. More Information can be found at www.uab.edu/mocktrial.
UAB Digital Media Features Mock Trial TeamUAB Digital Media visited our mock trial team several times over the course of the last year. They've completed an excellent video where they interview team captain and individual award-winning student attorney Zachary Carpenter. The video gives potential students a glipse into the mock trial world, how Zack believes the experience will help him with his future plans, and the kind of comradery that team members often experience.
The Mock Trial Team wishes to thank those at UAB Digital Media for their hard work shooting and putting this video together. The team is excited for the upcoming year. As for the coach who was up until 3AM with Mr. Carpenter putting together demonstratives, he would like to assure all potential members our practices usually do not run that late.
Support Mock Trial and the Department of Justice SciencesThe Department of Justice Sciences appreciates your willingness to extend financial support for its programs. While the department receives some support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the University, our needs typically exceed the amount of support we receive. As a result, we always welcome financial contributions designated specifically for the Mock Trial Team or the Department of Justice Sciences.