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Winning isn't the Goal - it's the Outcome...

We are the nation's premier college mock trial program for a reason. We work for it. Day in and day out.

In fact, our hard work has netted more than 15 Regional Championships, more consecutive appearances at Nationals than every other program but one, and more All-Americans than any other school east of the Mississippi.

But MMT is more than that: we're a family of individuals who love what we do. The goal is to have fun working together, to make lifelong friends, and to learn the true meaning of hard work.
The outcome has been winning.

 Our passion for mock trial brought us a National Championship in 2001. Every year since we've worked tirelessly to win another. And then it happened again. Through dedication by a team of best friends, 2018 brought us our second National Championship. 

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 ALL-AMERICANS

By virtue of winning the 2018 national championship:

Spencer Campbell

Maria Hooker

Danielle Kunkel

Da'Rya McAllister

Julia Pair

Bella Seeberg

Chase Shelton

Austin Worrell

 

By virtue of winning the 2001 national championship:

Mark Sedor

Alyson Miller

Dexter Benoit

Mark Thompson

Breanne McMullen

Ryan Sobel

Chad Burton

 
 

MMT INDIVIDUAL ALL-AMERICANS

WITNESSES

Alyson Miller, 2000

Mark Sedor, 2000

Breanne McMullen, 2002

Mark Sedor, 2003

Breanne McMullen, 2003

Kate Bowling, 2004

Nick Borger, 2007

Kate Tilenni, 2008

Pavel Gurevich, 2009

Michael Woeste, 2010

Pavel Gurevich, 2011

Julie Luizzi, 2012

Claire Meikle, 2013

Elias Demeropolis, 2014

Monika Mudd, 2014

Katie O'Keeffe, 2015

Katie O'Keeffe, 2016

Najeeb Ahmed, 2016

Sam Hobbs, 2016 

Da'Rya McAllister, 2018

ATTORNEYS

Daniel Haughey, 1996

Daniel Haughey, 1997

Jeramie Lawson, 2000

Ryan Sobel, 2001

Brad Keffer, 2002

Brad Keffer, 2003

Brad Keffer, 2004

Kate Bowling, 2005

Ryan Snyder, 2006

Dan Richards, 2007

Tom Jeffcott, 2008

Gus Lazares, 2010

Alex Block, 2012

Katie Law, 2013

Alex Block, 2014

John Spear, 2015 

Danielle Kunkel, 2018

Bella Seeberg, 2018

 
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The Birth of the Legacy

The James Lewis Family Miami Mock Trial program was founded at Miami University in 1993 by a group of undergraduate students who were interested in pursuing a career as trial attorneys. Those students approached Miami professor Dan Herron and asked if he would sponsor the program but largely coach from the sidelines. Dr. Herron agreed.

But MMT's success for its first few years was limited and Dr. Herron insisted he take a more active role in the organization. In 1994, Dan Haughey would join the program and lead MMT, under Dr. Herron's more hands on approach, to its first National Championship Tournament (NCT) appearance. At the NCT, Dan Haughey, who would later go on to coach Miami's A Team for thirteen seasons, became MMT's first All-American. The following year, Dan Haughey would win his second All-American.

Having finally found success, MMT would rededicate itself to winning. Dr. Herron refocused the program on character witnesses. Miami attorney's took time to learn the rules of evidence better than they ever had before. And MMT sought to compete in more competitive and prestigious invitational tournaments.

In 2001, the hard work would pay off when Miami University claimed the National Championship. To this day, Miami is one of only a handful of programs to have won a championship title. The following fall, Brad Keffer would join the organization and go on to become MMT's most decorated competitor. Mr. Keffer won a total of 5 All-Americans between 2002 and 2004.

Brad Keffer left the program in 2004 to good hands. That same year, Kate Bowling would win her first All-American as an expert witness. The next year, in 2005, Ms. Bowling would win an All-American as an attorney and become the first competitor in MMT history to win an All-American as both a witness and as an attorney.

The next MMT All-American witness would come with Nick Borger's rendition of "Cooper" in 2007. To this day, that witness portrayal is considered one of the best of all time.

In 2010, MMT would miss the National Championship Round by less than a single point. That team included All-American attorneys Tommy Jeffcott and Gus Lazeres and also 2-time All-American witness Pavel Gurevich. Alex Bluebond, another key competitor on that team, would go on to coach Duke Mock Trial to a National Championship in 2012.

In the fall season of 2010, Miami Mock Trial would gain a legend- though they didn't know it yet. Only a freshman, Alex Block quickly made waves in the AMTA community. Taken under the wing of Gus Lazares, Alex would go on to compete at the National Championship all of his four years, earning two All-American Attorney awards and grossing  twenty-seven other personal awards in his career.

Fall 2017 brought about a a few seismic shifts for Miami Mock Trial and the AMTA community, including a newly created strategic trial technique and senior-led, split-stacked teams. Placing in the top 10 at almost every invitational, but not bringing home any 1st place trophies, the AMTA community said that this wasn't the year for Miami. But they couldn't have been more wrong.

A team of 7 seniors, 1 junior, 1 sophomore, and 1 freshman came together after team 1050 earned bids from both the Cincinnati Regionals and Hamilton ORCS. The United States v. Parker Barrow would be the Nationals Case, and seniors Bella SeebergAustin Worrell, and Dani Kunkel would represent both the Government and Defense. Senior Chase Shelton would play the Defendant and one of the robbers, under the strict supervision of sophomore Chase Mulholland as the Court Marshal. Senior Julia Pair would be the FBI Agent. Senior Maria Hooker, the ex-con criminologist. Junior Spencer Campbell, the Defendant's father. And senior Da-Rya McAllister as the local owner of a diner and also a spiritual guide. 

The three weeks leading up to the National Championship tournament were intense, with daily practices, shifting roles and theories, but always with one goal: to be the best we can possibly be. In order to test 1050's championship readiness, a team of non-rostered program members was formed and led by junior Katie Milders . After two internal scrimmages, some changes were made but by the time 1050 boarded its flight to Minneapolis, the team was ready to take it all. 

April 22, 2018: at the 34th National Championship Tournament, Miami Mock Trial wins the Minneapolis Division with a daunting record of 11-1, sweeping Lafayette College, the University of Chicago, the Ohio State University, and dropping one ballot by one point to the University of California, Irvine. After 17 years, MMT was in the final round again on the Defense. The prosecution? Yale University. 

"3 judges have chosen the Prosecution. 3 judges have chosen the Defendant. And the final deciding ballot, by two points, has determined our 34th National Champion... Miami University!" And with that, Miami Mock Trial had won its second National Championship. A team of best friends had achieved what had seemed to be the impossible. 

Today, MMT is a proud and storied organization. For over the past ten years, MMT has been ranked in the top 10 of all collegiate mock trial programs. Alumni involvement is at an all-time high and the National Championship  Tournaments are not only a chance for current MMT competitors to make history, but also for alumni to cheer on the program and share their stories.

 

 
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MMT  A L U M N I


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CLASS OF 2018

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CLASS OF 2017

 

Working on adding the rest of our alumni classes to the page! Please reach out to Austin Worrell with photos, information, and more!

Contact: worrelac@miamioh.edu

 

MMT  F I N I S H E S


17/18 SEASON

State v. Dylan Hendricks // United States v. Parker Barrow

1st Place, National Champions

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16/17 SEASON

Riley winter v. Tbd, inc.  //  Alex taylor v. trifecta entertainment

9th Place

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15/16 SEASON

State v. chase covington/avery bancroft // state v. sinclair

2nd PLACE

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14/15 SEASON

Park v. Duran // Ginger v. heisman

3rd place

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13/14 SEASON

state v. whit bowman

5th PLACE, 7th place

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12/13 SEASON

lee Allen v. neptune underwater EXPEDITIONS, inc.

8TH PLACE

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11/12 SEASON

state v. danny Dawson

4TH PLACE

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10/11 SEASON

andy davis v. happyland toy company, inc.

6TH PLACE

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09/10 SEASON

2nd place, 7th place

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08/09 SEASON

8TH PLACE

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07/08 SEASON

3rd PLACE

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06/07 SEASON

11th PLACE

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05/06 SEASON

honorable mention

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04/05 SEASON

honorable mention

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03/04 SEASON

8th PLACE

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02/03 SEASON

2nd PLACE

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01/02 SEASON

9th PLACE

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00/01 SEASON

1st place, National champions

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99/00 SEASON

12th PLACE

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98/99 SEASON

8th PLACE

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PRIOR SEASONS

where it all began

Have info or pics from the infancy of MMT? We want to know about it! Reach out to Henry Leaman.

 

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