Mock Trial: UC Invitational

Stephanie Conners ’18

This past weekend the Mock Trial team competed in their first scrimmage at the UC Invitational. The teams were finally able to compete against different schools and try out some techniques to prepare for the real competition in two weeks. The students have been vigorously preparing for this upcoming competition since October.

The Invitational consist of multiple mock trial teams from various schools around the state and takes place at the UC College of Law. Mercy has two teams both consisting of a prosecution a defense side. Mercy students arrived at UC at about 9 and received their room assignments and competitors names. The first trial didn’t begin until 10 so everyone in the building was practicing and preparing for the upcoming trials, trying to ignore the butterflies in their stomach.

The trials are judged by  UC law students and most are active members of the UC Mock Trial team as well as being veteran high school Mock Trial participants. They offer helpful feedback for future competitions so the students know what to improve upon before competing in front of real lawyers.

After a long trial for the prosecution side of Mercy’s “W” team (schools are indicated by letters to make sure the judges aren’t biased) pizza was provided and the defense side began to feel the butterflies in their stomachs knowing their trial was up next.

After a successful second trial, everyone gathered for the awards ceremony where two Mercy students from the “X” team won awards. Margo Waters ’16 for outstanding attorney and Megan Ross ’17 for outstanding witness.

All in all Mercy competed very well against some very experienced and successful teams and received some great practice for the future competition at Hamilton County Courthouse.

One of Mercy's teams. Top from left to right: Megan Spraul '16, Margo Waters '16, Samantha Goldizen '16, Alex Stevens '17 Bottom from left to right: Megan Ross '17, Olivia Mullen '17, Grace Dearing '17, Hannah Kemble '16

One of Mercy’s two teams.
Top from left to right: Megan Spraul ’16, Margo Waters ’16, Samantha Goldizen ’16, Alex Stevens ’17
Bottom from left to right: Megan Ross ’17, Olivia Mullen ’17, Grace Dearing ’17, Hannah Kemble ’16

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