Pre-Law

Mock Trial Members

Connor

Connor Kockler (co-President)

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science Major, Economics Minor

Why did you join Mock Trial?

I wanted to pursue my passion for the law and meet others who had that same interest.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

My “Broken guidelines, broken windows” close. I flipped an opposing team's theme in closing arguments at the St. Thomas meet and got perfect scores for it. Also winning a witness award at our first virtual tournament.

 

Michael

Michael Turner (Treasurer)

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Global Business Leadership

Why did you join Mock Trial?

I did it in High School and enjoyed it very much.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

Qualifying for ORCS.

 

Madeline

Madeline Orozco (co-President)

Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science (Pre-Law Major), Communication Minor

Why did you join Mock Trial?

I joined after hearing about it in my International Relations class my freshman year.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

Playing the card game, “I Dissent” during the St. Thomas meet!

 

Liz

Liz Hamak (Secretary)

Year: First-year
Major/minor: Communication, Theology and Political Science

Why did you join mock trial?

I joined because Sydney told me to and to learn more about what it is!

What has been your favorite memory so far?

Just being with the team. They are all so supportive and uplifting!

 

Emily

Emily Twardy 

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Mathematics Major

Why did you join Mock Trial?

I joined Mock Trial because it’s basically performing, but you get to win.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

I love every moment with my Mock Family, but especially hosting everyone at my house during tournament weekends.

 

Skylar

Skylar Gast

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Accounting

Why did you join Mock Trial?

In the future, I hope to one day go to law school.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

This is a super hard question, because I have so many! A few would either be when we went to ORCS OR the meets we spent at Emily’s house, because we all bonded the most there, and that when the mock family started!

 

Sydney

Sydney Richter (Vice President)

Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Political Science (Pre-Law) and German double Major

Why did you join Mock Trial?

Because it’s the most fun thing to do EVER!! #MOCKFORLIFE

What has been your favorite memory so far?

Denny’s. That is all.

 

Landon

Landon Peterson

Year: First-year
Major/minor: Political science major / Peace Studies & English minors

Why did you join mock trial?

I joined mock trial because I have aspirations of attending law school/being a lawyer post-college. I had done some debate in high school, and mock trial seemed right up my alley.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory is the scrimmage we did in spring. It was a ton of fun to be able to play a critical role in the trial and I look forward to the upcoming years of mock trial.

 

Nolan

Nolan Morrey

Year: Sophomore
Major/minor: History/Philosophy majors and Psychology minor

Why did you join mock trial?

I joined because I enjoy the show Better Call Saul and want to replicate the unmatched legal skills of Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. 

What has been your favorite memory so far?

When I rocked the Danny Francazio mustache look....by far.

 

Sam

Sam Anderson

Year: Sophomore
Major/minor: Double major in Global Business Leadership and Sociology

Why did you join mock trial?

I joined mock to meet new people with like minded interest in law.

What has been your favorite memory so far?

When Connor compared UST's defense to a house of cards that didn't support each other.

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