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Miami Mock Trial team wins ORCS, advances to National Championship

03/25/2013

Miami’s first place mock trial team, left to right: Christina Romine, Debra O’Neal, Catherine Law, Alex Block, Mike Woeste, Brad Ouambo, Claire Meikle and Matt Meeks. Collegiate Mock trial is the largest academic competition in the country (photo by Susan Meikle)
Miami’s first place mock trial team, left to right: Christina Romine, Debra O’Neal, Catherine Law, Alex Block, Mike Woeste, Brad Ouambo, Claire Meikle and Matt Meeks. Collegiate Mock trial is the largest academic competition in the country (photo by Susan Meikle)
The Miami University James Lewis Family Mock Trial team won first place in the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) held in Hamilton March 22-24. They will go on to compete in the 48-team field in the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament hosted by the University of Virginia April 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

Individual award winners were Alex Block, junior political science major from Evanston, Ill., who received the top attorney award, and Bradley Ouambo, junior political science major and business legal studies minor from Strongsville, who won the top witness award. They both received perfect ranks on the defense side of the case.

Other members of the first-place team are: Catherine Law, senior philosophy and psychology double major from Rochester, N.Y.; Matt Meeks, sophomore zoology major from Massillon; Claire Meikle, junior zoology major from Oxford; Deborah O’Neal, junior political science major from Cleveland; Christina Romine, first-year international studies major from Grove City; and Mike Woeste, senior political science major from Denver, Colo. (graduated December 2012).

A second Miami team placed eighth in the ORCS tournament.

Alex Block (left) and Brad Ouambo, top-ranking attorney and witness at the ORCS competition in Hamilton (photo by Susan Meikle)
Alex Block (left) and Brad Ouambo, top-ranking attorney and witness at the ORCS competition in Hamilton (photo by Susan Meikle)
Miami’s Mock Trial Program
Miami’s mock trial program hosted the ORCS in Hamilton, one of eight American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series tournaments held across the country. The top six teams from each opening round tournament move on to compete in the national championships.

Miami’s program fielded four regional competing teams this year, with all four qualifying out of regionals for the ORCS tournament. Only two teams per school may advance beyond regional competition.

Individual award winners at two regional tournaments in February were: Outstanding Attorneys: Catherine Law, Ben Sandlin, sophomore chemistry and chemistry education double major, and John Spear, sophomore interdisciplinary business management major; Outstanding Witnesses: Elias Demeropolis, sophomore philosophy and political science double major, and Monika Mudd, sophomore English literature and history double major.

Gus Lazares, ’10, lends advice to Alex Block after the ORCS tournament in Hamilton. Lazares, a former Miami Mock Trial member and coach and collegiate Mock Trial All-American Attorney, is currently a student at the Moritz School of Law at Ohio State University.
Gus Lazares, ’10, lends advice to Alex Block after the ORCS tournament in Hamilton. Lazares, a former Miami Mock Trial member and coach and collegiate Mock Trial All-American Attorney, is currently a student at the Moritz School of Law at Ohio State University.
Miami’s teams are coached by Dan Haughey, Butler County Area III judge, attorney and business legal studies faculty member; Neal Schuett and Laura Tholke, business legal studies faculty and attorneys; and Dan Herron, professor of business legal studies, program founder and director emeritus, along with alumni and attorneys Jade Smarda and Kate Bowling; Lawrence Hilton, Commonwealth attorney for the state of Kentucky; and law school students Melissa Schuett and Jaime Glinka.

Haughey is also the managing and operational director of Miami’s James Lewis Family Mock Trial Program.


Collegiate Mock Trial – largest academic competition in the country

Starting with a field of more than 600 teams from more than 350 colleges and universities, 24 regional tournaments were held across the country with the top eight teams from each advancing to the ORCS.

The National Championship field is now set at 48 teams.

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