The Mock Trial Team held its annual banquet April 4 at the Governor's Club in Tallahassee. Tampa trial attorney and FSU College of Law alumnus, Tom Scarritt, was the guest speaker. Scarritt discussed his law school experiences and the importance of alumni involvement for networking. "We have great alumni out there in the law field—don't be afraid to contact them and use them as you look toward finishing law school," he said. Scarritt then continued by entertaining guests with his best Professor Ehrhardt impression.
The Mock Trial Team recognized each of its members, particularly awarding team members who won the National Championship at Michigan State and State Championship in South Florida this past fall. Special recognition was given to each of the coaches who worked on the team's seven competitions during the 2002-2003 academic year, and faculty advisor Ruth Stone, who was responsible for much of the team's overall success.
More than 100 guests attended, including many from the Tallahassee bench and bar and the law school administration. Dean Weidner spoke, expressing his enthusiasm over the growing success of the Mock Trial Program.
Professor Ruth Stone introduced the new Mock Trial Executive Board for 2003-2004. They are: President—Min Cho; Vice President—Shenika Harris; Treasurer—Brian Cross; Secretary—Genevieve Hall; Recruitment Chair—Bryan Slogick; Intercollegiate Chair—Bill Sansone; and Intramural Chair—Manny Arisso.
The Mock Trial Team Board will be preparing for tryouts, intramural competition, the annual retreat, new member training, and three intercollegiate competitions upcoming in the fall. The Team holds tryouts for all second year law students during the second or third week of the fall semester. Tryout information will be available over the summer months on the Mock Trial Team Website.