Green Gold White Edited smallUAB was represented with distinction at recent regional mock trial tournaments held in Jackson, Mississippi and Louisville, Kentucky.  UAB advanced two teams to the next level of competition and came within just a couple of points on one judge’s score sheet from potentially advancing three.  The teams’ recent success marks the first time in eight years that two UAB mock trial teams have advanced beyond the regional level without the help of an open bid.  This also marks the first time ever UAB has come so close to qualifying three teams.
            In addition to their team success, three UAB students won praise by local attorneys and judges by winning an “All-Region” individual awards.  Alex Plazas took home an individual Award from the Jackson Regional held at Mississippi College School of Law and.  Erica Webb and Cooper Bailey took home individual awards from the Louisville Regional held at the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice.  This marks the second award Cooper Bailey has received and brings the overall individual award tally for UAB to seven for the completive season.  Cooper Bailey and Ben Hixon won individual Awards at Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck Tournament held in January.  Madison March and Ryli Wallace won individual awards at the Mid-South Invitational Competition held in November of 2016.
Regional Attorney Awards
            The team would like to express their appreciation to Managing Attorney Keith Johnston from the Southern Environmental Law Center, local attorney and former UAB Mock Trial Team Captain Elizabeth Blair, and founding UAB Mock Trial Coaches John Grimes and Jim Phillips.  Each local attorney volunteered their time to guest judge a practice round between two of UAB’s teams.  The attorneys stayed critique their performances after the round.

          The team will compete at the next level of competition in Hamilton, OH from March 24 through 26.  If you would like to receive more information on the UAB's Mock Trial team, you may contact a coach, Nathan Mays or Joseph Dease, at nathan84@uab.edu or jdease@uab.edu.
Team ORCS 2016 SmallThe UAB Mock Trial Team's coaches, captains, and team members will be holding an information session on Wednesday, August 31st, at 7:30PM to talk about mock trial and what is involved in joining the team.  Come with your questions because there will be someone on hand to answer them all.  The session usually begins with the coaches giving an overview of mock trial, and then the coaches leave to let you ask current team members questions you may not be comfortable asking in front of the coaches.  The session will also feature a clip from a prior year's National Championship Round... oh yeah, and also free pizza.

The session will be held in the Burr Forman Mock Trial Courtroom in the University Office Building (UBOB 226).  Please click here to download the flyer and the directions to the University Office Building and the courtroom.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Coach Mays at nathan84@uab.edu.  We hope to see you there!
IMG 1950b            The UAB Mock Trial Team has advanced to the next stage of national competition.  On February 19-21, 2016, the team competed at the Jackson, MS Regional Competition sanctioned by the American Mock Trial Association.  The team partook in four simulated trials where students played the roles of lawyers and witnesses.  Local lawyers and judges scored the teams at the tournament based on their performance in their respective roles.  UAB ended that tournament with five wins, which represents the number of judges’ score sheets UAB won.  The judges also recognized UAB Mock Trial Team member Zachary Carpenter by naming him “All Region Attorney” based on his individual performance as a student attorney.

            It would be difficult to tell the story from UAB’s 2016 regionals without using the word “comeback.” Before departing for the tournament, the team was told the minimum number of wins they would need to earn a bid was five out of the possible eight. 

2015 MTSU TeamThe 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).