a message from program founder dr. daniel herron

Dr. Daniel Herron (left) congratulates Claire Meikle (2014) on her All-American Award at the 2013 National Tournament. Dr. Herron fostered MMT as it grew from a humble beginning in 1994, and he watched MMT celebrate over 30 All-Americans, Sixteen Consecutive Regional Championships, and a National Championship.

Dr. Daniel Herron (left) congratulates Claire Meikle (2014) on her All-American Award at the 2013 National Tournament. Dr. Herron fostered MMT as it grew from a humble beginning in 1994, and he watched MMT celebrate over 30 All-Americans, Sixteen Consecutive Regional Championships, and a National Championship.

 
 

Dear MMT, 

Welcome back for a new season.  For the first time in Miami Mock Trial history, since 1994, I will not be at the helm.  After 22 years as director, it is time to give up the post.  Neal Schuett is more than able, willing, and qualified to direct MMT hopefully for nearly another quarter century.

 

Now, I am not going away entirely.  I will be available for whatever assignments Neal and the other coaches have for me, but I am winding down.  At 63 years old and 25 years at Miami and 33 years total in academia, it is time (with my wife's and children's insistence) to begin my slow exit strategy toward eventual retirement. 

 

But, I will be around if you need any help with "openings" and "crosses" (my specialities) or anything else.

 

I have always maintained that we have the best coaching staff in all of AMTA.  My departure does not lessen that one bit.

 

I am grateful that I am in the AMTA Coaches Hall of Fame, have earned the Neal Smith Award from AMTA for Excellence in Legal Education, and, of course, had the 2001 national championship, plus the dozens and dozens of trophies and plaques populating the mock trial closet and trophy case. 

 

But, my most cherished accomplishments concern the impact Miami Mock Trial has had on hundreds of Miami students.  Instilling self-confidence, infusing articulate communication skills, developing critical thinking skills, and fostering camaraderie are the greatest rewards any educator can hope for.  I am confident these goals will continue to be the objectives of Miami Mock Trial.

 

Love and Honor,

Herron