WWU Mock Trial Team Wins National Championship

William Woods University’s mock trial team is national champion—again.

After conducting several on-campus mock trials in recent weeks, the mock trial team’s efforts really paid off at the National Mock Trial Competition in Washington D.C.
It is said that practice makes perfect, and winning first place at the national level is about as perfect as you can get!

The competition was held during the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Conference, Mock Trial and Law Expo.

Four students made up WWU’s Team One, which won first place and earned the title of national champs. They are: Tanner Coleman of Salem, Ark., Tyera Flanders of Waynesville, Mo., Ryan Mansfield of Nixa, Mo., and Andrea Rosser of Foristell, Mo.

William Woods was by far the smallest school at the competition. Coming in second and third behind WWU’s team were University of Delaware and Temple University. Some of the other schools in the competition were University of Colorado, University of Arizona, Texas Tech and Florida State.

Two other teams from William Woods competed, but it will be a few weeks before their results and places are announced.

Cynthia Kramer, associate professor of political science and coach of the mock trial team, commented, “This year was the stiffest competition, and in my opinion we had the best three teams. The students all did a fantastic job.”

As if the national championship was not enough, there was more recognition for WWU in the nation’s capital. William Woods sophomore Tanner Coleman was appointed to the International Pre-Law Advisory Council. He was hand-selected for this prestigious title by international justices.

Normally students apply for this position. However, without even submitting an application, Coleman stood out enough to be asked to represent more than 35,000 students across the nation.

Coleman is the sole student representative of the 200 pre-law Phi Alpha Delta chapters. The position will require him to attend a couple of meetings a year to discuss the structure and betterment of Phi Alpha Delta fraternity.

William Woods University mock trial teams are certainly making a name for themselves in pre-law circles. Just two years ago, WWU mock trial teams took first and second at the national competition. Last year, the team received second place, and now the Woods team is back on top once again.

Senior Andrea Rosser has competed at each of these three competitions and provided some insight: “Mock trial provides application to the trial advocacy skills that legal studies students learn in the classroom. Having competed before, this year’s competition came with more ease as we gave opening/closing statements, objections and questioning. This is a great experience for students who wish to do anything in public speaking or advocacy.”