Fordham Lincoln Center ("Fordham LC") Mock Trial is a competitive extracurricular activity open to all Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center undergraduate students. Each year, the American Mock Trial Association provides a case problem based on a criminal indictment or civil lawsuit. Fordham LC Mock Trial members work together, as attorneys and/or witnesses, to draft direct and cross examinations, develop opening statements and closing arguments, craft trial strategies, create engaging witness personas, and practice oral performance. With the guidance of the coaching staff, comprised of lawyers and law students, we compete at invitational tournament in the fall semester, as well as regional and national tournaments in the spring semester.
Tournaments usually consist of four rounds. In each round, two teams compete against one another in a trial format (Prosecution/Plaintiff v. Defense) and each team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses. A panel of judges (usually 2 – 3) observe each round and score each attorney and witness. The team with the highest combined score on a particular judge's ballot wins that ballot. A team’s overall tournament placement is determined by its ballot count after four rounds.
2/10/14 Congratulations to both Fordham LC teams for their performances at Regionals over the weekend! This weekend marked the first time in Fordham LC Mock Trial history that two teams earned a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series ("ORCS"), the qualifying tournament for the National Championships. Team Matlock placed second with a record of 7-0-1 and Team Atticus Finch placed sixth with a record of 6-2. Multiple students also took home individual awards: Rose Lyn, Bianca Bernardi, and Jennifer Beall for Outstanding Attorney and Bianca Bernardi, Sam Denholtz, and Rosanna Corrado for Outstanding Witness. We're looking forward to competing at ORCS in Philadelphia in March!
1/29/14 Congratulations to both Fordham LC teams for successfully competing in competitions over the weekend! Team Matlock took fourth place at Georgetown's Hilltop Invitational Tournament with a record of 6-2. Team Atticus Finch competed at Cornell University's Big Red Invitational Classic and finished with a record of 4-4, earning individual awards for Sam Denholtz as an attorney and Bianca Bernardi as a witness. Both teams are looking forward to competing at Regionals at Yale in February.