What is Mock Trial?
The simplest way to put it is a fake trial. Literally, I feel like it is super self explanatory for a brief explanation. Every year the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) releases a case, either civil or criminal, and your team has to prepare for trial with that case. The case includes affidavits, evidence, stipulations, and everything like that. And each team consists of about seven members although only six compete at a time, three attorneys and three witnesses. And to prepare for trial the attorneys must have opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, objections, and closing arguments all written and ready to go. The witnesses must know their affidavit inside and out be prepared “to be” that character throughout trial. The witness will be directed by someone on their own team, and then cross examined by someone on the opposite team. So when competition comes around, there are four trials over the span of two days and each trial consists of two teams from different schools competing against each other. Before going into trial you do not know if your team is going to be plaintiff or defense, you only know that moments before the round begins. That definitely keeps things interesting and keeps you more on your toes. And the same thing goes for what witnesses will be called, there is a list of twelve witnesses, and each side only calls three, and it is a toss up to see who will be present for trial. I swear this makes so much more sense if you saw it happen in person haha.
Drake Mock Trial Board
Drake Mock Trial has an Executive Board that serves to make the best decisions for the mock trial program. There are five positions:
- Vice President
- Press Secretary
I am the Press Secretary for Drake Mock Trial. That means I make all our posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I also work with member outreach, so that means I recruit people to join and make sure people want to stay. I also get a lot of the odds and ends jobs, like designing team apparel, creating forms, getting trophies, and other things like that. I like being on the Board because I get to help make important decisions for the program and make it the best it can be. This means bringing up important issues and voting on them.