August 23, 2018
The Mock Trial team started the year off with a bang by participating in a weekend-long Trial Advocacy Boot Camp in the Courtroom on the McGeorge campus.
The evening of Friday, Aug. 17, the 16 team members worked with distinguished alumni coaches in team bonding exercises and practice drills. Saturday the coaches taught trial advocacy classes that began with preparing and arguing pretrial motions and ended with presenting closing arguments.
On Sunday the team members suited up and tried the case of State versus Worthington, where the defendant was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. During four consecutive trials, team members played the roles of attorneys in one round, witnesses the next. The level of preparation was outstanding and the student-lawyers wowed the coaches with their focus, legal analysis and persuasive skills.
The teams have begun to meet several times a week to prepare for five fall competitions, among them the Mockingbird Challenge, the Battle of the Experts, Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition, the National Civil Trial Competition and the Kelly Invitational.
The sixteen team members who attended boot camp include Davis Adams, David Anguiano, Uri Grant, Chelsea Givens, Ashley DeGuzman , Adriana Garcia Barba, Robert Fleming, Hayley Graves, Melanie Eiges, Sam Hibbs, Simone Leighty, Toni Linarez, Lauren Orozco, Celeena Wall, Allison Wieder and Rebekah Wrobleske,
The fall Mock Trial coaches include former trial team stars Leland Washington ‘01, Jason Schaff ‘06, Keith Hill ‘98, Thien Ho ‘98, Jesse Saucedo '11, Teal Ericson ‘14, Andrea Morris ‘14, Sydne Christensen ‘11 and recent graduates Kitty Canales ‘16, Heather Phillips ‘17 and Ashley Pane ‘17. Professor Cary Bricker is Director of the Mock Trial Program.
“Our Mock Trial Boot Camp was a smashing success and a powerful start to the competition season,” said Bricker. “There was also a high level of professionalism and camaraderie throughout the day.”