The UAB Mock Trial Team had two winning teams and three individual awards at the Mid-South Invitational held Nov. 9-10, 2012, at Middle Tennessee State University. UAB split its team into two squads — one green and one gold. UAB’s green squad went 5-3 while winning both judges’ scorecards against Rhodes College and the University of Tennessee. UAB’s gold squad went 5-2-1, winning rounds over Samford University and the University of Florida and bringing home a trophy by placing 10th out of 42 teams competing.
Individually, UAB Mock Trial Team members walked away with three major awards. Abby Austin, a senior from Magee, Miss., majoring in criminal justice, won a best witness award. Yamini Bhat, a sophomore from Mobile, Ala., majoring in international studies, and Brian Price, a senior from Jasper, Ala., majoring in criminal justice, each won best attorney awards. Bhat is team captain of the gold squad and Price is team captain of the green squad.
UAB has qualified for the American Mock Trial Association national tournament 12 of the past 15 years. The road to another national tournament appearance begins Feb. 22, 2013, with a regional tournament in Jackson, Miss., where UAB finished undefeated with an 8-0 record last year.