Mock Trial

About Trinity Mock Trial

Trinity College’s Mock Trial team was founded in 2007 by Zachary Green ’11 and Michael Galligan ’11. The program has qualified three times for Opening Round Championships, as well as once to Nationals.

What is Mock Trial and how does it work?

In August of every year, the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) releases a fictional case to every team in the country. The cases are authored by a panel of judges, lawyers, and law students and alternate between civil and criminal each year.

Tournaments consist of two days of competition, with each team arguing two cases per day, one as plaintiff and one as defense. Teams are randomly paired against one another for each trial and do not know what side of the case they will argue until ten minutes before the trial. Rounds are judged by a panel of 2-3 lawyers, judges, or law students.

Mock Trial Members: 2018-2019

Kira Edison, Aidan Arnold, Amber Montalvo, Devin Iorio, Eleanor Faraguna, Hannah Kessel, Jack Stone, John Lawson, Olivia Louthen, Olivia Painchaud, Olivia Zeiner-Morrish, Shawn Olstein, and Vianna Iorio

Mock Trial Updates: 2018 Competition Season

Coast Guard Academy Competition Update: October 27-28, 2018                                                                                     

By Hannah Kessel ’22, Mock Trial Reporter

Last weekend, the Trinity Mock Trial team competed at the Coast Guard Academy and received fourth place. Kira Edison received second place for all defense lawyers. In our reflections of the weekend, we decided that we improved very much the second day, especially in terms of confidence and knowledge of the material for which we were responsible. Moving forward, we’re looking to bolster our defensive bench by adding expert witness Dr. Miller McCoy, and our lawyers are working to improve their objection battles and cross examinations.

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