Mock Trial

PLS Event

UST Mock Trial is actively recruiting students for participation in the 2016-2017 tournament season!  If you’re interested in learning more about Mock Trial, you can contact one of this year’s captains (Danielle Kahler – kahl208f4@stthomas.ed - and Mitch Dooley – mldooley@stthomas.edu), email MockTrial@stthomas.edu, attend the Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Informational Meeting on Monday, September 26th at 6pm in JRC 247 (food will be provided!), or drop by a practice.  This semester, practices will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7-9pm in MHC 209.  Our first two tournaments will be held on October 14th-16th (at the U of M) and November 4th-6th (at Macalester), so interested students are encouraged to seek out more information about joining as soon as possible.

Mock Trial is an extra-curricular activity at St. Thomas. Participants learn trial advocacy skills as witnesses and as attorneys within the framework of the U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence.  Coaches are trial attorneys, nearly all of whom competed as “Tommy Mockers” before completing law school and launching a career.  All have expressed interest in contributing their time and talent to give something back to the program which has so positively influenced their subsequent success.

Any St. Thomas undergraduate student who would like to learn more about UST Mock Trial should contact Dr. Kathleen Winters the faculty coordinator of the program who is an assitant professor in the Department of Political Science. The fall and spring Campus Activities Fairs also serve as excellent opportunities for students to meet current leaders of the St. Thomas Pre-Law Society and to sign-up for Mock Trial.  The event is generally held early in the fall semester; check the Department’s website for this year’s event.

Further information is available at the website of American Mock Trial Association.

The 2014-2015 Mock Trial Team represented UST at five tournaments this year, with their highest placement coming in as 2nd place at both the U of M's Mock Trial Battle and the UST Hatting Invitational.  The Team also won a Spirit of AMTA award, which is given for outstanding sportsmanship, at the Durst Memorial Invitational.  Individually, eight different students earned awards in at least one of the tournaments, either as an attorney or as a witness.  Congratulations to the entire 2014-2015 team are in order, as well as best wishes to the graduating seniors - you will be missed!  And of course, a bit thank you to our coaches (and UST alums), Cory and John Monnens.

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Given the number of graduating seniors, the Mock Trial Team is very interested in having new members join for the 2015-2016 competition season.  More information will be provided at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester, so if you're considering joining check back at the beginning of September.  In the meantime, you can also contact MockTrial@stthomas.edu for more information or to be put in touch with current team members to hear what they have to say about Mock Trial.