Mock Trial Team Makes a Compelling Case for Miami

April 2013

This year marks the seventh consecutive top-ten finish for The James Lewis Family Miami Mock Trial Program. On the weekend of April 12-14, forty-eight of the country's top mock trial teams converged upon D.C. for the 2013 American Mock Trial Association's National Championship. Despite fierce competition against Bellarmine University, Penn State, Wheaton College, and University of California-Irvine, Miami's team emerged victorious, ranking eighth in the nation.

This stellar track record drew praise from the program's founder and alumnus Jim Lewis: "I continue to be amazed by the success, year over year, achieved with the raw material of brilliant students joined together in a common purpose. The real success is the long-term payoff we all get from the benefit of the contributions made by the Mock Trial team members as they "compete" in the real world upon their graduation. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all members of the Miami team and coaches."

Two Miami students joined the All-American ranks this year. Catherine Law, a senior majoring in philosophy and psychology, joined the list of Miami's Fourteen All-American Attorneys winning as a double closer on both sides of the case. The second Miami woman to be named an All-American attorney, Law was also received the title of top attorney for the 2013 tournament. Claire Meikle, a junior zoology major, was named an All-American witness for her engaging portrayal of a plaintiff's expert.

This year's championship location afforded unique opportunities. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan welcomed the teams during the opening ceremonies and Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano provided remarks at the closing ceremonies. The University of Virginia Law School at the Moultrie and Prettyman Courthouses on Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues hosted the event.

The James Lewis Family Miami Mock Trial Program serves students from all divisions of the university. This year's four Miami teams were coached by professors and attorneys Dan Haughey, Neal Schuett, Laura Tholke, and Dan Herron; attorneys and Miami University alumni Lawrence Hilton, Jade Smarda, Kate Bowling; and law students Melissa Schuett (UC) and Jaime Glinka (Chase).

Learn more about the James Lewis Miami Mock Trial Program.