Ben Garmoe of UMBC Mock Trial and Drew Evans of Haverford Mock Trial discuss and debate anything and everything connected to mock trial.
Episode 56: State of Midlands v. Dakota Sutcliffe (with Neal Schuett)
Criminal Case Committee Chair Neal Schuett returns to the show to discuss the 2021-22 case, State of Midlands v. Dakota Sutcliffe. Neal answers questions about the origins of the arson charge and the retrial aspect, why the defendant isn't testifying, and how the committee prepared for the possibility of a hybrid season. Bonus topics include the "live fire" demonstrative possibilites and Neal's perspective on why the committee decided to burn down Chuggie's. (Editor's note: how dare they.)
Episode 55: 2021 Board Meeting Rundown
Ben was present in Denver for the 2021 AMTA Board of Directors meeting, and in this episode Ben and Drew break down what happened at that meeting. Ben goes through what was discussed during the Tournament Administration Committee (TAC) meeting, how AMTA reached their decision on the format for the 2022 season, and his general impressions on how the board meeting went. Then Drew and Ben discuss other motions that were passed at the board meeting, and briefly discuss the results of the 2021 One Last Time Tournament.
Episode 54: 2021 Trial by Combat Champion Audrey Shepard
Drew and Ben are joined by 2021 Trial by Combat Champion Audrey Shepard of UCLA Mock Trial. Audrey goes through her high school Gladiator championship, her time competing in AMTA at Moorpark Community College, what it was like to transfer to UCLA, and her entire experience preparing for, competing at, and winning Trial by Combat - including her extreme guilt at making Bennett Demsky close his cabinets during the final round. Drew and Audrey also discuss the round this past season that Drew judged where Audrey's rooster crowed while she was testifying as Austin Lewis.
Episode 53: In-Person or Online Next Season? (Board Meeting Preview)
With the board meeting set for next weekend, Ben and Drew spoke to two different programs to give perspective from both sides of the discussion about the competition format for next season.
First, Ben and Drew are joined by coaches Beth Georgian and Matt Thornburg from the University of South Carolina Aiken. Beth and Matt discuss why they reached out to AMTA to ask for the 2022 season to be virtual, how their team operates with limited resources and several non-traditional students, and why they think AMTA should require COVID vaccines regardless of the competition format.
Then Vice-President of External Affairs Bret Berry of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville joins the show to discuss why his program contacted AMTA and asked for the 2022 season to be in-person. Bret goes through their concerns of losing institutional knowledge if the 2022 season is virtual and how he thinks either way AMTA needs to provide guidance on how next season is going to look.
Episode 52: 2021 Trial by Combat Preview (and the 2020-21 season)
Ben and Drew are joined by Bennett Demsky of Tufts Mock Trial and Riya Lakkaraju of Emory Mock Trial. The first half of the episode is a discussion of each competitor's origin story and why they think Tufts and Emory are such successful programs. The second half is our 2021 Trial by Combat preview; Bennett and Riya discuss their plans for how to prep the case in 24 hours, what they learned as coach or second chair at TBC last year, and who they hope to face in a round at TBC in 2021.
Episode 51: UMBC Mock Trial (with Sydney Gaskins and Thomas Kiley)
Ben and Drew are joined by Sydney Gaskins and Thomas Kiley of UMBC Mock Trial. Drew takes over interviewing duties as Ben, Sydney and Thomas discuss the journey that was the last four years, how the program overcame some difficult challenges when Sydney and Thomas were freshmen, whether they considered not competing for their senior year in an online season, how they felt as UMBC progressed through the field at Nationals in 2021, and what it was like to win a national championship.
This podcast is awesome for mock trial nerds. Thank you Ben and Drew for your hard work!
Useful and Entertaining
Everything has a pod cast, so why not mock trial? I was skeptical at first it would be worthwhile but Ben and Drew are doing well to make this a broad, informational, and useful forum for the AMTA community. It’s a great way to learn more about the process of AMTA and provide context for competitors and coaches. It can be a tad east coast leaning and they do get a bit circular at times over covering topics but not in a way that is bad, just noticeable.