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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MMT IS GOING TO NATIONALS

OPENING ROUND CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS

Both teams competing in Waukegan, IL gave incredibly impressive performances over the weekend at ORCS. We couldn’t be prouder of the performances given by our teammates on 1545 and 1546.

In their first round on Friday, Team 1546 competing on the defense faced University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and split both ballots. Saturday, Team 1546 competed against Hamline University and St. Norbert College, both as the prosecution, splitting the first round and winning both ballots in the second round. With a record of 4 wins and 2 losses, 1546 was under tremendous pressure going into their last round on Sunday against University of Illinois, Chicago. The fierce round between the Michigan Wolverines and U of I Flames ultimately ended in a split, with Michigan down only two points on one ballot! With a tournament record of 5-3, team 1546 place seventh, and shy a bid to Nationals by a mere 5 CS points.  As this tournament sadly concludes their competitive season, we recognize our seniors on 1546. Adam Stillman and Chris Horne, we will miss you, and we thank you for their unwavering dedication and friendship!

Team 1545 had an incredibly successful performance at ORCS. In their first round, they won both ballots on the prosecution against University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Team 1545 split the two following rounds, first on the defense against the nationally ranked Northwood University, and then against Wheaton College on the prosecution. By the end of day two, the pressure was on. With a record of 4 wins and 2 losses, the final round against University of Notre Dame would determine whether or not these wolverines earned their bid. With an overall record of 6-2 and a CS of 16.5, Team 1545 won 5th place and earned a bid to Nationals! We are beyond excited to see how 1545 does in Orlando! Additionally, Jared Frantz earned an attorney award on the prosecution with 18 ranks.

Photos: Team 1546 on defense (Top) & Team 1546 on prosecution (Bottom)

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HISTORIC REGIONAL SUCCESS

REGIONALS AT NOTRE DAME AND JOLIET, ILLINOIS

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 12.40.29 PMThis past weekend, our three competitive teams packed their bags, organized their briefcases, and hit the road on February 21st for their prospective regional tournaments. Two of our teams journeyed to Joliet, IL to compete at Lewis University while our third team made their way to the University of Notre Dame. We are thrilled 1545, 1546, and 1547 all earned bids to the ORCS this weekend with a program record of 20-3-1! This marks the second year in a row our entire program qualified for ORCS and is one of, if not the most, successful regional outcome in MMT history!

At Notre Dame, 1546 competed against some of the toughest teams in the Midwest including Northwood University, University of Wisconsin, Ball State University, and DePaul University. The first four teams all finished with a record of 7-1 and 1546 finished fourth overall, with a CS of 14.5.

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 12.39.40 PMTeam 1545 and 1547 both had impressive showings at Lewis University this weekend as well! 1545 took both ballots from Northern Illinois University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Chicago. In a nail biting round against Benedictine University, Michigan ended up winning one ballot and tying another. With their record of 7.5 wins, 1545 won third place. Two of our teammates on 1545 won individual attorney awards – 18 ranks on the prosecution for senior Jared Frantz, and 18 ranks on the defense for freshman Jane Fisher.

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 12.40.04 PMTeam 1547 faced Northern Illinois University, St. Xavier University, Lewis University, and Loyola University Chicago. They won seventh place with a record of 6-2 and won FIVE individual awards! Sophomore Vamika Bajaj won on the prosecution with 20 ranks and was the highest ranked witness at Lewis University. Sophomore Shannon Riggins and freshman Matt MacVicar sat at prosecution table together and BOTH won attorney awards with 17 ranks. Finally, freshman Michael McIntosh won two individual awards – 17 ranks as an attorney on the defense and 17 ranks as a witness on prosecution.

A special thank you to senior Rachel Hampton for subbing in for a member of 1547 who couldn’t make it over the weekend.

Because of  AMTA rules, MMT can only send two teams on to compete ORCS, meaning this is the bittersweet end to team 1547’s competitive season. We couldn’t be prouder of them though, and we cannot wait for 1546 and 1545 to have equally successful rounds at ORCS, March 14 – 16, in Waukegan, IL.

Photos: Top to bottom  order: 1546, 1545, 1547

Stand with Harvard University

To the members, friends, and families of Harvard University’s Mock Trial Team,

We are deeply saddened with the loss of Angela Mathew, and mourn the loss of a fellow member of the Mock Trial community. We send our most sincere condolences to the team and hope for a speedy recovery for the other Harvard students injured.
All those who have been affected by this loss will continue to be in thoughts and prayers of the Michigan program.

Strong Finish for U of M at Thunderdome!

Teams 1545 and Team 1546 traveled to Wheaton, IL for their first tournament of the season at the Thunderdome Invitational from October 17th – 20th. Team 1545 finished in second place with a record of 6-2 after competing against the bye-bust team, University of Illinois, Wheaton College, and Loyola University. Team 1546 hit the North Central College, Loyola University, and Cornell College twice, finishing 4-4 overall. Our teammates took home a number of individual awards. Senior Jared Frantz took home an attorney award with a perfect 20 ranks on the plaintiff. Senior Jihad Komis also took home an award as a witness with 16 ranks on the defense. Sophomore Shannon King won a witness award on the plaintiff with 18 ranks at her first tournament! Congratulations to everyone who competed at Wheaton! Everyone did an incredible job! L/P