UIS Mock Trial Club

Mock trial is an academic competition that provides students with the opportunity to hone valuable skills, including critical thinking, active listening, public speaking, and teamwork. 


For more information about the UIS Mock Trial Club, please contact Coach Rex Gradeless, rgrad3@uis.edu or President Joseph Partain at jpart3@uis.edu.


Latest Update

The UIS Mock Trial team received its 2019-20 case from the American Mock Trial Association. All interested students are invited to participate in prosecuting or defending a murder trial.

All undergraduate majors welcome to join UIS Mock Trial Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Public Affairs Center, Room 3D. May be taken for course credit as LES/PSC 376.

 

 


Past Updates


Another Win for the UIS Mock Trial Team!

On January 19-20, 2019, UIS sophomore Joseph Partain (Luka, IL) received an outstanding attorney award* at Central College’s mock trial invitational tournament in Pella, IA. Given the Dutch heritage of Pella, I

A, outstanding attorneys were awarded a miniature pair of Dutch clogs! Joseph was one of 11 students honored:

Members of the team UIS include the following UIS students:  Chance Austin, Andrew Jarmer, Jenny Viramontes, Alexis Campbell, Joseph Partain, Trenton Newbury, Adeola Babington, Jade Sisti, and Colton Goins.

*In addition to the scores for each function of the trial, each scoring judge is asked to rank the top four attorneys and the top four witnesses in the round. Those rankings are used to calculate individual awards, which are independent of team awards. A first rank is worth 5 points, a second rank is worth 4 points, a third rank is worth 3 points, and a fourth rank is worth 2 points. A student’s ranks on the four ballots on each side of the case are added together for a maximum of 20 points on a side. The students with the most points out of 20 are given outstanding attorney and witness awards. 

 


Mock Trial Team Wins Award at University of Nebraska

On January 12-13, 2019, the UIS Mock Trial team received the Spirit of AMTA award at the first annual Scarlet and Cream Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska. Since 2000, the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) has recognized the team that best exemplifies its ideals – civility, justice, and fair play.  The Spirit of AMTA award is awarded to only one team per tournament. Teams are voted and ranked based upon the following ideal criterion: Outgoing and friendly before and after trial; extremely cordial; team demonstrated through its behavior (e.g., offering use of exhibits, sharing equipment) a willingness to go beyond the call of duty; a shining example of AMTA’s ideals of civility, fair play, and justice.

Additionally, senior Andrew Jarmer received an outstanding attorney award. In addition to the scores for each function of the trial, each scoring judge is asked to rank the top four attorneys and the top four witnesses in the round. Those rankings are used to calculate individual awards, which are independent of team awards. A first rank is worth 5 points, a second rank is worth 4 points, a third rank is worth 3 points, and a fourth rank is worth 2 points. A student’s ranks on the four ballots on each side of the case are added together for a maximum of 20 points on a side. The students with the most points out of 20 are given outstanding attorney and witness awards. Andrew Jarmer received 18 points and was therefore one of approximately 10 students honored.

Finally, the team placed in the top eight at the tournament. Members of the team include the following UIS students:  Chance Austin, Andrew Jarmer, Jenny Viramontes, Alexis Campbell, Joseph Partain,  Trenton Newbury, Adeola Babington, and Jade Sisti.

Mock Trial Team win in the news!


AISU Invitational Tournaments part of the trial advocacy (LES/ PSC 376) class, UIS took two teams to the Illinois State University 28-team mock trial tournament November 17-19, 2017 at the McLean County Law and Justice Center. Top performing UIS attorneys included: Keaton Hill, Darius Millican, Fredrick Moore, Chris Vemagiri, Jayde Schlesinger, and Sierra Sigretto. Top performing UIS witnesses included: Keaton Hill, Shaina Humphrey, Sierra Sigretto, Chris Vemagiri and Halie Edwards.

UIS mock trial will kick off its competitive-team season January 2018.

 


On Saturday, October 28, 2017 nine members of the LES/ PSC 376 – Trial Advocacy course, along with three UIS Mock Trial Club members, competed in the second annual UIS Mock Trial Showcase against Quincy University. This event included a two-round scrimmage in the UIS courtroom (TV Studio B). UIS students litigated both the prosecution and the defense sides of an attempted murder case.

Judges for the day included local practicing attorneys, mock trial coaches, law students, and UIS mock trial alumni.

UIS will send two teams (22 students) to compete in a four-round invitational tournament at Illinois State University November 17-19. Rounds will be held in the circuit court courtrooms of the McLean County Law and Justice Center.

October Mock Trial Competition


To kick off the 2017-2018 season, eight members of the LES/ PSC 376 – Trial Advocacy course, and two UIS Mock Trial Club members, competed in a two round invitational scrimmage at the University of Illinois College of Law on October 7, 2017.

There were six schools in attendance including the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois Springfield.

Judges included practicing attorneys, mock trial coaches, and law professors from the University of Illinois College of Law.

These students below, along with another UIS team, will compete in a four round tournament at Illinois State University in November 2017.

UIS Mock Trial October Scrimmage


Historically, the UIS Mock Trial team attends to 2-3 tournaments and Regionals each year. For the 2017-2018 season, the team will likely attend the following:

Illinois State University Invitational (Bloomingon, IL)

The Dr. Donald Racheter Invitational – Central College (Pella, IA)

The Jayhawk Invitational – The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)

Regionals – TBA


Mock Trial Club Group Picture

 

In the 2016-2017 season, the UIS Mock Trial team competed in its last tournament of the year — the Lewis University Invitational on February 18-19, 2017.  Competition was stiff, but the team finished the weekend with a reputable record: University of Chicago: 0-1-1, University of St. Thomas: 2-0-0, Wheaton College: 0-2-0, University of Notre Dame: 1-1-0.

 

 

Mock Trial CompetitionAdditionally, the UIS Mock Trial team hosted invitational scrimmages with Bradley and Quincy University at UIS and attended the following invitational tournaments: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Rhodes College (Memphis, TN); Loras College (Dubuque, IA); and Regionals hosted by Lewis University (in Joliet, IL).

 

 


During the 2015-16 season, the UIS Mock Trial team competed in the 10th Annual Billiken Barristers’ Invitational at the Saint Louis University School of Law on November 14-15, 2015.  UIS walked away with Best Attorney (Austin Mehmet) and Best Witness (Vanessa Pratt) awards.  The teams  took more ballots than ever before! Click here to read more about the 2015-2016 Mock Trial Club. 

The inaugural UIS Mock Trial Club organized in October, 2013, competed in its first invitational tournament at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, on January 18-19, 2014.