American University Mock Trial:
Established in 2008, AUMT has exploded in size and competitive showing over the past three years. The program currently supports three competitive teams (A, B, and C) and consists of over thirty members. The teams compete in scrimmages against other schools and at various tournaments throughout the fall and spring semesters. The program meets weekly, and individual teams often meet at other times for practice. The program's coach, Jessica Waters, is a professor in the School of Public Affairs.
In October 2010, A and B teams competed at the Guardian Invitational at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Out of twenty-two teams, American A and B finished third and fifth respectively. Numerous individual members of both teams also won outstanding attorney or witness awards.
In January 2011, A and B teams competed at the Spider Classic at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. Out of sixteen teams, American A and B finished fifth and fourth respectively. Again, numerous members won outstanding attorney or witness awards. The same weekend, C team competed at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. Out of twelve teams, American C finished sixth.
The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) produces one case every year. This case is used by all college mock trial programs around the country for competition. The case contains legal documents, exhibits, and witness affidavits. The evidence for the case is reasonably balanced between prosecution/plaintiff and defense. Teams must master the case materials and be able to present the case for either side. The art of mock trial comes down to how well a team can present the evidence to support their case in a realistic courtroom setting. Mock trial requires a combination of legal know-how, theatrics, and ability to think on your feet.
AUMT takes pride in representing American University in competition against other schools. AUMT sincerely appreciates the support of the Justice, Law, and Society Department, the School of Public Affairs, American University Club Council, and all other organizations and people who have helped AUMT become what it is today.
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