2018 1L Mock Trial CompetitionPresented by:
Competition Chairs: Seth Brickey, Morgan Cartwright, Sarah Hopkins, Laura Robinett-BarnesCompetition Committee:KayvonBehroozian, Jackson Marchant, Jack W. MillerEmail: [email protected]
Floyd, Pflueger, and RingerNorthwest Trial Attorneys
You and a partner argue a civil caseYou and your partner will prepare opening statements, direct & cross examinations, and closing arguments.You will argue before a panel of 2-5 practicing attorneys at least twice.You will prepare and present cases for both the plaintiff and the defense.
Why Compete in 1L Mock?
It’s fun!Good introduction to trial advocacy.Practice lawyering skills useful outside of the trial contextF is for Friends who do stuff togetherEarn points for MCHB membershipMuch easier to try out for National Teams (the holy grail of moot court/mock trial joy)Looks great on a resume.
Registration will open today after this session, and will remain open until Monday, October 29thTo register, fill out the google form today, or [email protected] we will send you the link.There will be a small registration fee, amount TBA. It will not be more than $25/team.
Problem will be released by October 22 (Monday)The complete rules of the competition, along with a sample judge’s ballot and a list of permissible objections, will be emailed to you along with the problem.These materials (except for the problem) are also available on the MCHB website.
Opening Statements (Plaintiff first, then Defense)Plaintiff Case (2 witnesses)DirectCrossDefense Case (2 witnesses)DirectCrossClosing Arguments (Plaintiff first, then Defense)Plaintiff Rebuttal
11/5 & 11/6: Preliminary rounds.11/6: Preliminary round scores released; advancing teams announced.11/7: Quarterfinal rounds.11/8: Semifinal rounds.11/13: Final Rounds and official “Everyone Worked So Hard, Let’s Eat Cheese” ceremony
MCHB will hostthreetrainings:How to give a compelling opening or closing statement—10/22(Monday)How to direct and cross examine witnesses—10/24(Wednesday)How to maintain professionalism, interact with judges, and report problems to MCHB—10/31(two weeks from today)At least one member of each team MUST attend each training! We will be taking roll.
Champion, Finalist, and Semifinalist Teams from each bracket.Speaker awards for 1st, 2ndand 3rdBest Oral Advocate.Winners of Speaker awards receive an invite to join MCHB at the end of the year.Everyone is a winner!!!
What should I do now?
Find a partner.Find two witnesses and a bailiffSign up by10/29Watch 2L/3L mock rounds (seriously, go do it)Enter important dates into your calendar
Visit: uwmchb.comand click on “In House Competitions” then “Floyd, Pflueger, and Ringer 1L Mock Trial Competition” forhellainfo.Email the Competition Committee at [email protected] by the MCHB office and ask.Accost Laura in the halls (I love being accosted)