Michigan Mock Trial is looking for some new members for its 2014 – 2015 season! This is a great opportunity to meet new people, develop valuable public speaking skills, and learn about the justice system. Whether you are new to mock trial or an old pro, we would love to have you on the team!
Places to meet us:
Monday, September 1st, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Come find our booth on Palmer Field for this great event! U of M is a welcoming campus filled with clubs and organizations. There will be members of MMT ready to meet you and answer any questions you may have about joining mock trial. Stop by anytime throughout the event!
Tuesday, September 9th, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Held on ‘the Diag’ during the day, Festifall is a great sampling of U of M’s student organizations. Make sure you find our booth among the many at outside at Festifall! We will be handing out fliers, answering any questions, and talking to people about the team. Please come and sign up for an email list or just have a chat.
Where to get more information:
Friday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Room at Palmer Commons
Sunday, September 14th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Forum Hall at Palmer Commons
At the Mass Meetings, you will learn what Michigan Mock Trial is all about: how often we practice, how often we compete, and all the other fun stuff we do. You will be able to meet and talk to the entire team. We will explain how to tryout and pass around a sign up sheet for tryouts. You only need to go to ONE mass meeting (out of the two).
September 15th – 19th in the board rooms at Palmer Commons
Sign up for one fifteen minute tryout slot (during which you will perform both one attorney and one witness part) at one of the mass meetings. This tryout is the one and only chance for you to make the Michigan mock trial team for the 2014-2015 season!
What do tryouts entail?
We are looking for people who can creatively analyze a case and can present their interpretation persuasively. The materials you will use are actual excerpts from this year’s case. Just after the last mass meeting, we will release the tryout materials. These materials will include: background information on the case, applicable law, several witness statements, and a few proposed exhibits. Since our team values those who can play witnesses just as much as those who can play attorneys, we are asking everyone to tryout as both an attorney and as a witness. In order to tryout, you will have to:
1) Speech: Prepare a short 2 – 3 minute opening speech for the plaintiff. Pretend this is the first thing the jury will hear–tell them a convincing story to win them over to your side and support your story with evidence from the witness statements. You will have to deliver this speech without notes. After your opening, we will ask you a few questions about your analysis of the case.
2) Witness: Select one of the three plaintiff witness affidavits and know their story. Get your acting skills ready and be prepared to answer a few questions as that witness. Some of these questions will require you to get creative, so come with a backstory and a character. Be entertaining, engaging, and most of all, believable!
3) Attorney: Prepare a short set of yes or no questions (no more than 2 minutes) to ask the witness you selected in (2). For this portion of the tryout, we will become the witness, and you will take on the role of the DEFENSE attorney (yes, a complete 180 on perspective!). Use your questions to get out a few facts that will support the defense and/or hurt the plaintiff case.
4) Questions: Finally, we want to get to know who you are. Just come ready to answer a few questions about yourself, among them: Why are you interested in mock trial? Can you tell us about a time you’ve shown commitment to an organization or a cause? What kind of a community are you looking for in MMT?
Check out the “Join” tab for some FAQ’s or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions, and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.