Mock Trial

Willie Smith, Kate Spurlock, Sarah Thomas, Mide Olaloye

Congratulations to Willie Smith, Kate Spurlock, Sarah Thomas, Mide Olaloye, and their coach Peter Overstreet,  and team manager James Carbonell, for making the finals and finishing second at the inaugural Florida National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by the University of Florida. Our team defeated FSU and the University of Alabama  in the preliminary rounds,  the University of Akron in the quarter-final round, and Cumberland in the semi-final round.  We advanced to the final round against the University of Georgia.  This was the first external competition for the mock trial season and a wonderful way to begin the year. 

What is Mock Trial?

The Coastal Law Mock Trial Team consists of an elite group of law students trained in the art of trial-level litigation. Each year, Team members represent Coastal Law in competitions with students from law schools across the Nation. At these competitions, Team members present cases before judge and jury.  Cases encompass a wide range of topics in both the civil and criminal arena.  Case topics have included insurance fraud, homicide, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and wrongful death.

Many students compete for acceptance onto the Team, but only the outstanding advocates are selected.  An invitation to join the Team is based on an evaluation of the student’s ability and talent, and is extended on behalf of the sitting Executive Board and Team Faculty Advisor. 

New members enter a rigorous training program designed to teach proper courtroom demeanor, hone their presentation abilities, and sharpen their legal reasoning skills. The process includes seminars, practice trials, and an intramural competition.