Spring 2015 New Members

The following students were selected for membership in the University of Wisconsin Mock Trial Program after the Spring 2015 Try-Outs:

Sofia Ascorbe
Tim Filipa
Kathryn Ginsberg
Matthew Hefti
Sara Heyn
David Hollander
Olwen Jaffe
Eric Klemm
Hannah Lenzo
Courtney Nussbaumer
Amanda Parent
Ronak Shah
Alex Phillips
Cristina Semi
Devlan Sheahan
Melissa Zabkowicz

2014-2015 Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly elected Mock Trial Executive Board!

President: Jazmyn Taitingfong

Vice President Competition Logistics: David Gerbie & Kate Farnsworth

Vice President Outreach: Chelsey Metcalf

Vice President Membership: Adam Prinsen & Joyce Williams

Mock Trial Program Welcomes New Members!

The following students were selected for membership in the Mock Trial Program after the Spring 2014 Tryouts:

Alec Losh

Alix Jacobson

Anthony Hatzilabrou

Ashley Rouse

Clorissa Santiago

Crystal Vera

David Edelblute

David Gerbie

Jake Blair

Jasmine Trimble

Jenna Spannbauer

Josh Greatsinger

Kate Farnsworth

Kelsey Boehm

Ketajh Brown

Lara Carlson

Mary Kotleski

Micha Schwab

Pat DuBois

Qortney McLeod

Ryan Moertel

Sarah Zwach

Stephanie Command

Zach Zellner

Get Out of the Classroom and Into the Courtroom – 2014 Tryouts Around the Corner!

Tryouts consist of  a closing argument based on a fact pattern distributed a week before tryouts.  Tryouts are highly competitive and most competitors participate during their 1L year. However, if your passion for trial advocacy did not bloom in your 1L year, do not despair!  Tryouts are open to 1Ls and 2Ls.

There will be an informational session for tryouts on March 26th at 7:00pm in room 5246. The meeting will be followed by a gathering at Porta Bella (425 North Frances Street – Madison, WI 53703) around 8:00pm. The 2014 tryout fact pattern will be released and available on this website on March 27. The tryouts will take place on April 4th-6th in the Foley and Lardner Courtroom (Room 3260). There will be a link to the signup sheet for tryouts available on this website on March 27th.

There will also be a signup sheet posted on this website on March 27th for Mock Trial hopefuls who would like to practice their closing argument with current members of the program.




UW Invited to Participate in Prestigious “Tournament of Champions”

The Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), is an invitational competition. The competitors are part of the nation’s sixteen top ranked trial schools. The competition is a grueling one and ultimately the winner of the competition has the honor of calling itself the best trial school in the nation.

Hundreds of trial teams compete nationally to earn the privilege of being invited to this competition.  Teams are selected on the basis of their demonstrated record of achievement during the past three years in regional and national competitions, such as those sponsored by the American Association of Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), the Tournament of Champions and the National Trial Competition, which is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The competition will be held at the Duquesne University School of Law from Thursday, October 28, 2010 through Saturday, October 30, 2010.

The team will be coached by Adjunct Professors Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz.

Team invited to National Civil Trial Competition

The UW-Law School mock trial team has been invited to compete in the prestigious National Civil Trial Competition. The tournament will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 4th-8th 2010.

UW team wins national AAJ competition

The UW-Law School mock trial team won the national championship of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) mock trial competition 2010. The AAJ competition is among the largest mock trial competitions in the country with 224 teams participating. Some of those teams included Duke, Marquette, Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Cornell, Georgetown, University of Texas-Austin, Stanford, NYU and UCLA. After winning the regional competition (a first in UW history,) the UW team joined 13 other teams to compete for the national title.
After besting formidable opponents like NYU and Pepperdine in the preliminary rounds, the UW team defeated Georgetown in the championship round. The winning team included:

Andrew Rima, 3L
Hanna Kolberg, 3L
Kerry Gabrielson, 1L
Matt Van Keulen, 2L

Each team member will receive a $2,500 scholarship, complimentary copies of acclaimed books on trial advocacy, and complimentary airline tickets and hotel accommodations to attend the 2010 AAJ convention in Vancouver, Canada.

The winning team was coached by Adjunct Faculty Rhonda Lanford (Habush Habush and Rottier) and Ellen Berz (State Public Defenders Office.)

UW teams take first and second place in AAJ Regional Competition

Final showdown between the UW teams!

A first in University of Wisconsin Law School history was achieved in Detroit.  Wisconsin Mock Trial sent two teams to the prestigious American Association for Justice Mock Trial competition.  Both Wisconsin teams advanced to the Regional Finals — meaning they were the two teams that had to compete against each other to determine the one team which would advance to national finals.  They did this by not just winning their multiple rounds of competition, but by having perfect scores (all ballots) in all of their rounds.   The Regional Final between our two teams was a very close round.  In the end, there was a tie-breaking ballot by the presiding judge.  Our very impressive second place team was composed of:

Kristin Lonergan 3L
Olga Tarasova 3L
Tyler Wilkinson 1L
Kori Ashley 1L

Team takes second Place in ABA Labor and Employment Competition

The University of Wisconsin Mock Trial Team took Second Place at the 6th Annual Regional ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition on November 23, 2009.  The competition was held at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago.  The team included Joe Ahlers (’11), Amelia Buragas (’11), Eric Christoffersen (’10), and Katy Morgan-Davies (’11).

Another Wisconsin team was the highest scoring team in the preliminary rounds and made it to the competition’s semi-final round.  That team included Erin Deeley (’11), Devon Rembert-Carroll (’11), Bethany Nelson (’10), and Nathan Otis (’10).

A special thanks to the team coaches, Peter Jarosz from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Mario White from the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office, who tirelessly mentored their teams.