St. Ambrose University began its Mock Trial Program in 2003. Mock Trial simulates a real courtroom trial with members serving as attorneys and witnesses.
The Mock Trial Program is part of the pre-law program, but being a pre-law student is not a requirement to join, nor is having previous mock trial experience. Interested members must have a willingness to work hard, learn, and enjoy the competition.
Anyone interested in Mock Trial should contact Coach Sarah Gorham (GorhamSarahL@sau.edu) or the Political Science Department.
Membership on the 2015-2016 Team consists of both new students and those returning to the program. Students have had the opportunity to learn a variety of different roles, participating as both witnesses and attorneys in practice and at competition. In the fall semester of 2015, the Mock Trial Team got off to a great start participating in three tournaments before Thanksgiving.
For their first tournament, students competed at a tournament sponsored by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
For their second tournament, students competed at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
For their third tournament, students competed at the University of Illinois in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where the team had its best record of the season and won the Spirit of AMTA Award. In addition, team member LIzzie Quah took home an Outstanding Witness Award for her performance as a witness in the tournament.
The team anticipates great things for the Spring of 2016 and will continue to practice through the winter months. The team will compete in at least one more invitational tournament and has already been assigned to a regional tournament set for the third week in February.