UAB Mock Trial Team Advances to the Opening Round Championship SeriesThe 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.
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).