Farmer School lands two teams in top 10 at mock trial championships

April 2014

Two Miami teams finished in the top ten at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament, hosted by the University of Central Florida and sponsored by Stetson University Law School.

More than 650 teams from approximately 350 colleges entered the tournament. The top 48 teams met in Orlando at the Orange County Courthouse for the finals.

The younger of the two FSB teams, which has only two juniors and no seniors on the team, placed 7th in the tournament overall, defeating Yale, Georgia, and South Dakota. Two students were recognized as All-American witnesses: junior Monika Mudd, English/History major from Dayton; and Elias Demeropolis, junior Philosophy/Political Science major from Hamilton. The other team members were: Matthew Meeks, John Spear, Najeeb Amed, Samantha Hobbs, Christina Romine and Ben Sandlin.

The senior team of Political Science major Alex Block, Lauren Yates, Strategic Communications major and business legal studies minor; Deb O'Neal, Political Science major and business legal studies minor; Brad Ouambo, Political Science major and business legal studies minor; Brandon Patterson, Political Science major; Allie Pickerill, Marketing major; Claire Meikle, Biology major; Zowi Malakpa, Psychology major; and David Payne, Accounting major and first-year members Jazmine Kee and Katie O'Keefe defeated Tufts University, Cornell and Kansas State to finish in 5th place. Alex Block earned his second All-American attorney award. Block will graduate and take a position in Senator Durbin's (D-IL) office in Washington, D.C.

The James Lewis Family Mock Trial Program is housed in the Farmer School of Business and coached by the business legal faculty in the Department of Finance. The program is open to all university students, but there is a stringent try-out process in early September each year. For more information, see