ORCS Team PicThe UAB Mock Trial Team, which earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series, narrowly missed advancing to the final level of competition of the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Tournament format for this competitive season.  UAB went 4-3-1 at the recent tournament held in Memphis, Tennessee on March 19-22, 2015.  Had the team won one additional ballot, the team would likely have advanced to the Championship Competition held in the Cincinnati, OH where the top 48 teams out of the 600 who competed would vie for the top spot.  The team is set to hold an Information Session for students interested in joining next year.  This session will be held on April 8, 2015 at 7:30PM in the UAB Mock Trial Courtroom (UBOB 226).

At the tournament, UAB faced Florida’s “A” team, Houston Baptist University, Xavier University, and Rhodes College’s “A” team.  The team rallied after losing to Florida in the first round and won both judge’s “ballots” or score sheets in the second round.  In the third round, the team won one judge’s ballot and tied the second.  In the final round, the team “split,” meaning that one judge’s ballot gave the round to host Rhodes College while the other judge gave the round to UAB.  At the conclusion of the tournament, Demarcus Williams again took home an individual award for his performance as an attorney.

ORCS CourthouseBecause of the kindness of Tennessee State Judges, courthouse security that worked the weekend, and others, the team was able to compete in the Shelby County Courthouse in Memphis.  Although the courthouse was built in 1910, the building maintains a beautiful appearance, which the team was pleased to have the privilege of using.  The team wishes to extend its thanks to Rhodes College, AMTA, attorney judges, and all who helped to make this a very well run tournament and a good experience for all who participated.

The team is already very excited for next year.  Students interested in joining the UAB Mock Trial Team for the 2015-2016 season can come to an Information Session scheduled for April 8, 2015, at 7:30PM in the UAB Mock Trial Courtroom (UBOB 226).  Refreshment, namely pizza, will be provided.  Students can also get more information about joining by visiting www.uabmocktrial.com or by contacting coaches Nathan Mays (nathanmays@gmail.com) and Joseph Dease (jdease@uab.edu).

Regionals2015The UAB Mock Trial Team has advanced out of the Regional Competition in held this past weekend, February 20-22, in Jackson, Mississippi.  The Regional Competition is the first level of competition in the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA’s) national tournament format.  The top teams at each tournament advance to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) in March.  When the three-day regional tournament concluded on Sunday, UAB had a record of 5-3, the eighth-best finish at the tournament, and had earned a bid to ORCS.

In addition, Team Captain DeMarcus Williams was recognized as a top attorney.  In fact, Williams was the only attorney at the Regional who scored a “perfect 20.”  His 20 ranking meant that each judge who scored Williams on the plaintiff’s side of the case ranked him first among the attorneys in the trial competition round.

Finally, the team received an Honorable Mention in the running for the “Spirit of AMTA” award.  The Spirit of AMTA award goes to the team that “best exemplifies the ideals of honestly, civility, and fair play.”  Millsaps College narrowly edged out UAB for that award.

UAB will travel to Memphis, TN to compete in the next level of competition on March 20-22.  More information about the UAB Mock Trial Team can be found on this page.  Questions can be directed to team coaches Nathan Mays and Joseph Dease at nathanmays@gmail.com and jdease@uab.edu respectively.

TeamThe UAB Mock Trial Team went 5-3 and won three individual awards at the MTSU Mock Trial Invitational in Murfreesboro, TN this past weekend.  UAB faced teams from South Carolina, Columbia, Louisiana Monroe, and Central Florida.  UAB's second team went 4-4, facing teams from Kennesaw State, Mississippi Valley State, Bellarmine, and the University of Mississippi.

Three team members took home individual awards.  Chellie Letson and Junhi Chang took home best witness awards while Zach Carpenter earned a best attorney award.  According to judges' scoresheets, Kristen Ray came just shy of winning a best witness award.  The team is led by team captains Shardae King and Evans Haile.  The second team is led by team captain Suzanna Swanson.

Each of UAB's teams featured fresh talent, twelve having no mock trial experience prior to this semester.  The team's coaches, Nathan Mays (Class of '06) and Joseph Dease (Class of '07)  stated that they were very pleased with the team's performance and that that the entire team showed tremendous improvement, growth, and potential.  The team travels to Memphis, TN this weekend to compete at Rhodes College in the final scrimmage of the semester.
2009-Team-300x225UAB's award winning Mock Trial Team will be holding an Information Session on Wednesday 27, 2014, at 7:30PM in the Burr Forman Mock Trial Courtroom (UBOB 226).  The team will briefly introduce you to mock trial, show you a clip from a national championship round, and try their best to answer your questions.  We welcome anyone and everyone who may be interested in the team.  We would estimate that the information session will last about a half an hour, but it could go longer depending on how many questions are asked.  Oh yeah... and there will be free pizza.

We look forward to seeing you there!