UAB Mock Trial Team Advances out of Regionals

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.

UAB Goes 5-3 and Wins Individual Awards at MTSU Invitational

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.

Fall 2014 Information Session

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!

The 2013-2014 UAB Mock Trial Team

2013-2014 Mock Trial TeamTryouts have been held, and the mock trial season is officially in full swing for the new UAB Mock Trial Team, pictured to the right.  The coaches were very impressed with the talent and enthusiasm of the new students, and the team is excited for the upcoming year!

The team will kick off their season on October the 19th when they attend an invitational competition in Atlanta, Georgia hosted by the University of Georgia.  Teams will be there from all over the southeast.

Yamini Bhat, Jarrod Cox, and Mason Jones were named as team captains who are all returning members from the 2012-2013 mock trial team that won multiple awards at their regional competition.