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 Henry Marquard (MarquardHenryF@sau.edu) or the Political Science Department.
The Mock Trial Program completed its highly successful 2013-2014 season with a bid to the opening round of the National Championships, an honorable mention at the AMTA Regional Tournament, and trophies at two invitationals.
Over the past summer, the team worked hard to get ready for this year. Our High School Mock Trial Summer Camp was very successful, in large part due to the participation of our returning members.
Last year's team is back with a number of veteran members, and we expect a strong group of new students to come on board.
The 2014-2015 team consists of returning members Tyler Waugh (Captain), Alexa Thompson, Joe Dillon, Alyssa Daniel, Logan Hanley, Mario Vega, Paige Wheeler; and newcomers Alexis Hall, Jordan McGinnis, Jonathan Johnson, Taelor Cooper and Will Cooper.
Coach Henry Marquard is joined once again by assistant coaches Josh McIntyre and Elizabeth Marquard.
The season got off to a great start with a third place finish and 4-0 record at the St. Ambrose Quad City Open on October 11, 2014. Tyler Waugh received a best attorney award, Jordan McGinnis a best witness award, and Alexa Thompson honorable mention for best attorney.
The team went 4-4 at the Drake University Tournament on October 25 and 26. Tyler Waugh took home a best attorney award.
The team posted a losting record at the Illinois State University Tournament on November 15 and 16 against very heavy competition, including Ohio State and the host, Illinois State University.
In Spring 2015, the team will be competing in the University of Illinois Tournament at Champaign, Illinois; University of South Florida in Tampa; and the Loras College National Invitational before going to the AMTA regional competition in Cedar Rapids on February 21 and 22.
The Mock Trial Team returned to action at the University of Illinois Tournament on January 16. The team's 3-5 record was a great result as two of our veterans had been excused for personal reasons, and three of the losses were by one point. Tyler Waugh received an outstanding attorney award, and newcomer Taelor Cooper an outstanding witness award. The next weekend the team went to Tampa, Florida, for Florida team scrimmages and a workshop. The team took second place at the prestigious Loras National Invitational Tournament on January 30 and 31 with a 7-1 record. Tyler Waugh and Alexa Thompson took home outstanding attorney awards, and Allyssa Daniel took home an outstanding witness award.
The season ended with disappointing losses (to the teams that finished 1st, 2nd and 4th) at the AMTA Regional in Cedar Rapids on February 21 and 22. It was still a successful season and one that we are proud of. We are losing seniors Tyler Waugh (captain), Alexa Thompson, Paige Wheeler, Mario Vega and Logan Hanley to graduation. Their contribution to the Mock Trial Program cannot be overstated, and the Mock Trial Team extends its congratulations and thanks to them.
We are already getting ready for next year. On March 4th, we hosted the Davenport Regional for the Iowa High School Mock Trial Tournament, welcoming 12 high school teams to our campus. Joe Dillon and Alyssa Daniel will serve as co-captains for next year with practices starting this spring. If interested in joining the team, contact Coach Henry Marquard or the team captains.