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Mock trial group begins on campus

Sept. 11, 2003

By Elvia Aguilar, reporter

Six undergraduate students have made their dreams a reality, and they hope to give others a chance to make their dreams come true as well.

Members of the newly-created Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial Association met for the first time Tuesday to announce the organization's goals and ambitions.

'Participating in mock trial is a perfect tool for a better understanding of public speaking and the judicial system,' Rick Anderson, a Pearland senior, said.

The group decided to form after participating in an undergraduate mock trial competition in Austin last year.

'Our law school mock trial team is ranked as one of the best in the nation, and we thought we can continue to build up that tradition by starting competitions at the undergraduate level,' Sergio Dubois, a Sugar Land junior, said.

Over the summer, team members composed a group charter and constitution in order to begin the search for advisers and coaches.

'It wasn't an easy process to get the information together, but we enjoyed the experience last year so much that we felt the need for this organization,' Dubois said. 'We are hoping to recruit other students interested in law regardless of their majors.'

Dubois said the competition preparations take about eight weeks. Students go through an intensive investigation of a case, and they must memorize speeches that help influence the outcome of the case.

'We have to know the case inside and out,' Dubois said. 'We must be prepared to present as either the defense or the prosecution.'

After preparing for eight weeks, the students then go on to compete with universities throughout the state where they have the opportunity to receive selected awards.

Julie Adame, an El Paso senior, is the president of the organization.

'Being in mock trial is not an easy task, but it is very rewarding,' Adame said. 'We hope others are encouraged to join and continue the Baylor tradition in doing well at these competitions.'

The Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial Association will have its first competition Nov. 7. Law student Steve Lilley will coach this year's team.

For information about joining the group, contact Dubois at 756-1642.