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.
Following last year's strong finish, the Mock Trial Program starts the year with the largest team in the program's history. Lead by 5 returning team members (Captains Devon Ruiz and Caleb Copley, and members Tyler Waugh, Cole McKinnon, and Logan Hanley), the team has been able to get a quick start on this year's case. Attorney Henry Marquard returns for his 7th year as head coach, and Attorny Josh McIntyre joins as assistant head coach. Dr. Joe Hebert continues as faculty advisor. The team is rounded out by new members Joe Dillon, Mario Vega, Paige Wheeler, Alyssa Daniel, Kaitlin Schuler, Alexa Thompson, Kellyn Cochran, and Whitney Bowton.
This year's case is about an armed robbery at an amusement park and is filled with questions and strange characters. The season gets played out starting with the Inaugural Quad City Invitational hosted by St. Ambrose on October 19th. Competition for the rest of the season includes tournaments held by Quincy University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, St. Francis College, and the Loras National Invitational. The competiion for the National Championship starts with Regionals in February 2014.
On October 19th, St. Ambrose complied a 4-0 record at the Quad Cities Invitational, earning us the second place trophy.
On October 26th, the team took third place at Quincy University; remaining undefeated.
The team tied for 8th place at the University of Iowa with a 4-4 record.
Caleb Copley picked up an attorney award (his 3rd of the season), and Tyler Waugh picked up a witness award (his 2nd of the season).
After a slow start, the Mock Trial team finished the regular season with a bang. After a disappointing 3-5 start at St. Francis University on January 14-15, on the following weekends the team went 4-3-1 at Central College and 2-0-2 at the Loras National Invitational. At the February 8-9 AMTA Regional Tournament Rapids, the team overcame a 1-3 start with 2-0 victories over University of Notre Dame and University of Iowa to finish 5-3, gaining the 8th place Honorable Mention and tying with Notre Dame for the Spirit of AMTA award (given for integrity and fair play).
The Mock Trial team received an open bid to the AMTA Opening Round Championship Series. Our tournament will be at Waukegan, Illinois, March 14 to 16.