Last call!

If you are still interested in joining the Michigan Mock Trial team you must email mtcaptians15@umich.edu by midnight tonight! The captains will be closing tryouts after that time and you will have to wait until next year.

We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

Miss the mass meetings?

Rushing a fraternity or sorority?  Out of town this weekend?  Completely forget?  Have no fear, you can still audition for the Michigan Mock Trial team!

If you were unable to attend the mass meetings and sign up for a tryout, you can still do so.  Please contact the captains at mtcaptains15@umich.edu.  Tryouts are September 15-19 from 5 – 10 p.m.  The captains will be able to tell you what availabilities there are and find a time that works for you.

We hope to see you at tryouts!

Join Michigan Mock Trial

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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:

Gayz Craze

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!

Festifall

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:

Mass Meetings

Friday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Room at Palmer Commons 
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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).

Tryouts:

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 mtcaptains15@umich.edu if you have any other questions, and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.

When I Met You in the Summer

For most, summer is a time for rest and relaxation under the sun, but for many members of the Michigan Mock Trial Team it’s a time for travel, internships, and full-time employment.  Here are some of the incredible things our team has been up to this summer!

In true mocker fashion, Senior Joe Moeller has been working at a market research firm, as well as working in the University of Michigan Law Library and studying to take the LSAT.  Many of those who compete on MMT take the LSAT and go on to some of the nation’s most prestigious law schools.  The team wishes JoeMoe great success in his future law endeavors!  Sophomores Olivia Dworkin and Daniel Gordon can’t seem to get enough of the courtroom during the academic year.  Olivia is an intern at the 47th District Court and Daniel is an intern in the litigation department of a local law firm in his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia.

While many of our teammates spend their summers continuing down the legal path, many others explore other realms, such as junior and Captain, Zy Li, who is researching Alzheimer’s Disease at Harvard Medical School.  Junior Adam Karabatakis is interning at the Consumer Payment Research Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  Additionally, Sophomore David Schafer is an International Teaching Fellow in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  While Zy, Adam, and David all rock it in a court of law, their experiences outside of mock trial bring new perspectives and ideas.

Unsurprisingly, many members of our team are also extremely interested in politics, though they are not limited to American politics.  Junior Evan Gerstein was an intern this summer for a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons.  Sophomore Laura Brodkin is an intern in the United States Senate working on the Senate floor and Sophomore Jane Fisher is a Field Organizer for a congressional candidate in Michigan’s 60th.

It’s not all work and no play for MMT.  Junior Shannon King travelled to Kyoto, Japan with her art history class, while Sophomore Danielle Rabie is traveling in the Middle East.  Spending his time running water sports, plays, and arts and crafts, Sophomore Josh Stillman is a camp counselor for the summer working on his tan!

While we can’t wait to welcome back the members of Michigan Mock Trial in the fall, it’s great to see that they are all keeping busy during the long summer months.  We wish them all the best on their many adventures!

HAPPY SUMMER FROM MMT! 

2013-2014 Awards Spotlight!

As a highly competitive program, many of our members experience personal successes at mock trial tournaments. Check out some of our teammates that won individual awards this year!

Jared Frantz

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  • Attorney award at ORCS with 18 ranks on the prosecution.
  • Attorney award at Regionals with 18 ranks on the prosecution.
  • Attorney award at Thunderdome with perfect 20 ranks on the prosecution.

Chris Horne

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Witness award at YellowJacket with perfect 20 ranks on the prosecution for his portrayal of Charlie Kaminsky, the limo driver.

Jihad Komis

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  • Witness award at Thunderdome with 16 ranks on the defense for his portrayal of Billie Isaacs, the bartender.
  • Witness award at Downtown Invitational on the prosecution for his portrayal of Charlie Kaminsky, the limo driver.

Adam Stillman 

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  • Attorney award at the Big Red Invitational with 18 ranks on the prosecution.
  • Attorney award at WONK with 17 ranks on the prosecution.

Joe Moeller

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Witness award at WONK with 17 ranks on the prosecution for his portrayal of Charlie Kaminsky, the limo driver.

Adam Karabatakis 

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All-American witness at the National Tournament with 23 ranks on the prosecution for his portrayal of Rory Shelton, the RacheterWorld mascot.

Alex Bernard 

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Attorney award at YellowJacket with 19 ranks on the prosecution.

Zhangyuan Li

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Attorney award at the Big Red Invitational with 19 ranks on the defense.

Kaveri Sharma 

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Attorney award at Polar Bear Invitational with 18 ranks on the prosecution.

Shannon Riggins

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Attorney award at Regionals with 17 ranks on the prosecution.

Vamika Bajaj 

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Witness award at Regionals with perfect 20 ranks on the defense for her portrayal of Haley Floyd, the accountant.

Shannon King 

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Witness award at Thunderdome with 18 ranks on the prosecution for her portrayal of Francis Kimball, the detective.

Laura Brodkin 

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All-American attorney at the National Tournament with 24 ranks on the prosecution.

Jane Fisher

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Attorney award at Regionals with 18 ranks on the prosecution.

Michael McIntosh 

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A dual threat with both an attorney AND witness award  at Regionals with 17 ranks on the defense as an attorney and 17 ranks on the prosecution as a witness for his portrayal of Charlie Kaminsky, the limo driver.

Matt MacVicar

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Attorney award at Regionals with 17 ranks on the prosecution.

Shamaila Ashraf

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Witness award at YellowJacket with 17 ranks on the defense for her portrayal of Whit Bowman, the defendant.  

MMT WINS FOURTH PLACE AT NATIONALS

Team 1545 touched down in the sunshine state on Thursday, April 10th to compete in the 30th annual Nation Championship Tournament. During the first round of Friday, Team 1545 as the prosecution, faced Washington University in St. Louis. In a wildly successful round, Michigan won the round with an impressive two big wins and a tied third ballot. Early Saturday morning, the wolverines competed on the defense against the Paladins from Furman University, cleanly winning two ballots and losing the third by only a few points. In the afternoon round, MMT’s defense challenged Pomona College, winning one ballot but just barely losing the other two. With a record of 5-3-1 going into the final round on Sunday, MMT knew that this round would make or break their chances of placing in the top 10. The wolverines did not disappoint! In a nail-biting round against Cornell College, MMT’s prosecution took two ballots, and lost the third by 1 point! With a final record of 7.5 wins and a CS of 24.5, Team 1545 took fourth place in the Professor William R. Eleazer Division, the second year in a row Michigan Mock Trial has placed in the top 5!

Each teammate’s performance peaked this weekend, each round more cohesive, creative, professional, and polished. While everyone was incredible, two of our teammates were awarded for their performances. With 23 ranks on the prosecution, our very own sophomore, Adam Karabatakis was the only All-American witness honored for the portrayal of Rory Shelton. And with 24 ranks on the prosecution, freshman Laura Brodkin was honored with an All-American Attorney Award!

We couldn’t be prouder of our teammates who competed fearlessly in Florida this weekend, and we recognize our seniors Jared Frantz, Annika Conrad, and Jihad Komis. We will miss you, and we thank you for their unwavering dedication and friendship!

MMT is eternally grateful to the many donors who made this a possibility. Without the support of our friends, family, and MMT alumni, this dream would not be possible.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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