Mock Trial at the University of Iowa



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UIMT Qualifies for National Championship Tournament

Posted by Jake Huebener on April 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (164)

On March 15, 16 and 17 the University of Iowa Mock Trial team sent two teams to compete in St. Louis, MO in the American Mock Trial Association’s Opening Round Championship. After a grueling 3 day tournament, UIMT earned a bid to the National Championships in Washington, D.C.

Team 1479 captained by Junior Edward Rodriguez and Senior went 5-2-1, picking up wins over Washburn University, Drake University and Loras College. Senior Megan Sherburne also picked up an award as an outstanding witness for her performance over the weekend. It was a hard fought tournament that literally went down to the round, but at the end of the weekend UIMT punched their ticket to the National Championship on April 12-14, 2013. This is an honor that only 48 teams in the country achieved this year out of over 550 teams that began this journey. 

UIMT Receives More Bids from Regionals Than Any Other School in Iowa

Posted by Jake Huebener on March 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend the University of Iowa Mock Trial Program sent two teams to the Cedar Rapids Regional Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Teams 1481 and 1482 both competed on Saturday and Sunday, and both drove back to Iowa City with a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) to be held in Saint Louis, MO on March 15, 16 and 17, 2013. 

Team 1481 captained by Junior Kate Moore and Sophomore Amber Mahoney picked up wins over Grinnell College, St. Ambrose University and Cornell College and placed 7th overall. Team 1482 captained by Junior Hannah Graber and Sophomore Kelly Daniels recorded victories over Luther College, DePaul University and Bradley University and finished 6th overall. Junior Hyder Chowdry of team 1482 received a perfect twenty ranks as an attorney and was awarded an outstanding attorney award for his performance. Team 1481 also received the Spirit of AMTA (American Mock Trial Association) award for this tournament along with their bid. Spirit of AMTA is awarded to the team which best exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and kindness throughout the tournament.

These two bids bring UIMT’s total to three bids to the St. Louis ORCS tournament. Though a mock trial program is only allowed to fill two bids by AMTA, this additional bid shows the overall health and competitiveness of UIMT.

UIMT Earns Bid to 2013 ORCs from Kansas City

Posted by Jake Huebener on February 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 9 and 10, 2013, the University of Iowa Mock Trial programs sent two teams to compete at the Kansas City Regional Tournament with the hopes of earning two bids to ORCS, the Opening Round Championship Series.

Team 1479, captained by Senior Katy Kinney and Junior Edward Rodriguez, did just that, going 6-2 and picking up victories over the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Morningside College and St. Thomas College. Kinney received an outstanding attorney award for her performance and was joined in the individual performance award ranks by fellow seniors James Adams and Jacob Bogolia, who both received outstanding witness awards.

Team 1480, captained by Senior Alyssa Carlson and Sophomore Hiliary Tasma, did not receive a bid; however, they did have the highest CS (competition strength) points of any team at the regional which signifies that this team hit the hardest combined competition of any team in Kansas City.

Teams 1481 and 1482 will compete this weekend at the Cedar Rapids Regional with hopes of receiving additional bids to ORCS.

UIMT Places at New York Tournament

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

On January 26 and 27, 2013 team 1479 from the University of Iowa competed in the 9th annual Big Red Invitational Mock Trial tournament hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. They pulled out of Iowa City in the early morning hours of January 25 and headed east for the 18 hour drive to New York.

This trip was well worth it though as the team, captained by senior Katy Kinney and Junior Edward Rodriguez, placed fifth overall with a 5-2-1 record and posted wins against Big Ten rival Penn State, Brandeis University and Columbia University. Along with this top five finish, the team also gathered two individual awards for outstanding performance. Senior Katy Kinney received an outstanding attorney award and Senior Megan Sherburne was awarded an outstanding witness award.

The success this team accomplished in the closing week of invitational competition will serve as the springboard this program needs as it heads into Regional competition over the weekends of the 9th of February in Kansas City and the following weekend in Cedar Rapids. With the post season around the corner all four University of Iowa teams have their eyes set on earning a bid to the Opening Round Championships in March.

UIMT Places in top 5 at Northwestern

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (109)

On January 19 and 20, 2013 the University of Iowa kicked off the new semester by competing in tournaments at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. As the first competition in over a month the teams were worried about being a little rusty but both put out strong performances.

Team 1479 traveled to Evanston, Illinois and placed fourth at the Northwestern Invitational going 5-2-1 picking up wins over teams from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Cornell College, Loyola and Northwood University. Team 1481 went to Champaign, Illinois and competed in the Illini Invitational. After picking up ballots against Ohio State University and Elmhurst College, freshman Jacinta Misra received an Outstanding Witness award for her performance.

This upcoming weekend the Iowa Mock Trial program will send teams to compete at Loras College and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and with just a few weeks before regional competitions the teams are kicking into overdrive in practice to prepare and the expectation in too receive bids to the Opening Round Championships in March.

Iowa Places All 4 Teams in Top 10 at St. Paul

Posted by Jake Huebener on November 4, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On Friday November 2, 2012 the University of Iowa Mock Trial team pointed their wheels north and drove to St. Paul, MN for a tournament at Macalester College. With one round on Friday night, two rounds on Saturday and a fourth round on Sunday morning, this tournament offered a set-up this team hadn't seen yet this year. Expectations were high on the ride up as this was going to be the last chance for competitors to show their coaches what they were capable of before teams were stacked but they were even higher on the ride home after the success the UIMT teams experienced in the Twin Cities.

In a field of 37 teams from various colleges and Universities, Iowa placed four teams in the top 10 at the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Placing 10th was team 1481 captained by senior Alyssa Carlson. This team went 4-2-2 for the tournament picking up wins over Grinnell, the University of Minnesota and Drake. Team 1479 captained by senior Katy Kinney went 5-3 and placed 9th. This team took credit for wins over Iowa State, Hamline University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Junior Edward Rodriguez captained team 1482 to a 6-2 record and 5th place finish. This team defeated teams from Hamline University, Grinnell and the University of Minnesota. Finishing 2nd with a 7-1 record was team 1480 captained by aenior Jacob Bogolia. This team beat Luther, Carlton College, Drake and St. Olaf teams.

On top of these team awards, UIMT also brought home several individual awards. Receiving 18 ranks as an attorney were sophomore Kimmy Depalma, junior Edward Rodriguez and senior Jacob Bogolia. Two attorneys from Iowa received a perfect 20 ranks, those being seniors Megan Sherburne and James Adams. These four individual awards bring the season total to 15 for the Iowa Mock Trial Teams in just 3 tournaments. They also have brought home 8 team awards from those tournaments.

This tournament marked the end of the last competition for the original rosters in UIMT. This week their coaches restacked teams, meaning they moved people around from team to team, and over the next few weeks a new breed of teams will be competing for the University of Iowa. The future looks bright as these young men and women have a wealth of early success to springboard them into the coming tournaments.

Iowa Places at Drake Invitational

Posted by Jake Huebener on October 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Over the weekend Drake University hosted the Richard Calkins Mock Trial Invitational and invited two University of Iowa teams to compete. These two teams followed up a weekend spent in St. Louis with two top 8 finishes.

Team 1480 captained by UIMT President Edward Rodriguez placed 7th with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses picking up wins over Iowa State, Nebraska, Cornell College and Washburn University. On top of the overall team finish, team 1480 also brought home 3 individual awards. The other Iowa team, 1479, captained by senior Alyssa Carlson finished 4th with a 5-2-1 record. These 5 wins also came over teams from Iowa State, Washburn and Nebraska while team 1479 also garnered an individual award.

Iowa brought home a total of four individual awards from the Richard Calkins Invitational. Senior Megan Sherburne and junior Edward Rodriguez received Outstanding Attorney awards while sophomore Kimmy DePalma and freshman Jacinta Misra brought Outstanding Witness awards back to Iowa City with them. These four individual awards lift the season total to 11 individual awards in two tournaments for the University of Iowa Mock Trial team.

After another successful weekend for UIMT, Iowa is looking ahead to another great tournament this Friday. On Friday November 2nd, UIMT heads to St. Paul, MN and Macalester College for a three day tournament. The last time Iowa went to Macalester the team walked away with two top five finishes and an overall team champion. This is another great step for UIMT as they work toward a national championship in the spring.

UIMT Places Two Teams in Top 5 at WashU

Posted by Jake Huebener on October 22, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On October 20-21, 2012 the University of Iowa Mock Trial team sent four teams to the Arch Invitational in St. Louis hosted by Washington University. The competitors got their first real taste of this year?s case and put their talents on display in front of judges for the first time.


Senior Jacob Bogolia captained team 613 to a 7-1 record and a 4th place finish beating teams from Middle Tennessee State, the University of Texas at Austin and two teams from the University of Illinois. Team 612 captained by senior Katy Kinney, went 5-1-1 securing fifth place with wins over Loyola University, Loras College and University of Texas Dallas.


On top of the two team awards, UIMT also brought home 7 individual awards for outstanding witnesses and attorneys. Outstanding attorney awards were brought home by seniors Katy Kinney and James Adams and junior Edward Rodriguez. Awards for outstanding witness went to freshman Jeran Wiebke, sophomore Kimmy DePalma and seniors James Adams and Katy Kinney. UIMT, with nine awards, won the most awards at the Arch Invitational.


This was an amazing way to start the season and with the experience gained in St. Louis, UIMT is looking to bring home victories from Drake and Macalester College?s tournaments in the coming weeks and also prepare ourselves for the post-season next spring.

UIMT Wins Regional Tournament

Posted by Jake Huebener on February 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The UI Mock Trial (UIMT) program won its regional tournament for the second year in a row after competing in Kansas City, Mo February 10-12. The program took four teams to the regional competitions in Cedar Rapids and Kansas City and succeeded in qualifying two teams--the maximum number of teams a school can send--for the prenationals tournament set to be held in St. Louis, MO March 16-18.


Senior Jerod Haldin and junior Katy Kinney, captains of team 1425, led their team to first place at the Kansas City Regional with a record of 7-1. Kinney received an Outstanding Attorney Award.


Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to a third place finish at the Kansas City Regional and also ended with a record of 7-1. Mattessich was the recipient of an Outstanding Attorney Award and was the highest ranked attorney at the tournament.


Teams 1426 and 1427 competed in the Cedar Rapids Regional February 3-5 and returned with one Outstanding Witness Award earned by junior Julie Gagnon. Iowa?s C and D teams won ballots from several A and B teams at this regional.


To date the program has earned over 30 individual awards, 14 top place finishes, 4 tournament championships, and 1 Spirit of AMTA Award for the 2011-2012 season alone.

UIMT Competes in New York

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 30, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The U of I Mock Trial (UIMT) program competed in Ithaca, New York and Dubuque, Iowa for the last invitational tournaments of the season. Teams three and four traveled to Loras College to compete and teams one and two drove to Cornell University for a competitive weekend of trials.


Junior James Adams, member of team 1426, received an outstanding witness award at Loras College.

Teams from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other top schools from around the country traveled to Ithaca to take part in one of the most competitive tournaments in the country. Iowa teams 1424 (612) and 1425 (613) competed fiercely against top notch programs. Iowa returned from the weekend with a top place finish ahead of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Team 1424 (612) took tenth place.

The final weekend of January marked the final weekend of invitationals for the 2011-2012 season and the beginning of the end for UIMT seniors. Regionals, ORCs, and Nationals are the only tournaments left and Iowa won't go down without a fight to be in the championship round this spring.


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