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The Sixth Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament, January 14-15, 2017 at the University of West Florida

Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law

The University of West Florida Mock Trial Team will host the sixth annual UWF Argo Invitational on January 14-15, 2017. The event, held in the UWF Mock Trial Courtroom, is sponsored by Stetson University College of Law.

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Prior Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournaments

The Fifth Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law

January 16-17, 2016

The University of West Florida Mock Trial Team hosted the fourth annual UWF Argo Invitational on January 17-18, 2015. The event, held in the UWF Mock Trial Courtroom, was sponsored by Stetson University College of Law. A total of 18 teams from 13 universities competed in the tournament this year.

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The Fourth Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law

January 17-18, 2015

The University of West Florida Mock Trial Team hosted the fourth annual UWF Argo Invitational on January 17-18, 2015. The event, held in the UWF Mock Trial Courtroom, was sponsored by Stetson University College of Law. A total of 18 teams from 13 universities competed in the tournament this year.

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The Third Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law

January 18-19, 2014

The University of West Florida Mock Trial Team hosted the third annual UWF Argo Invitational on January 18-19, 2014. The event, held in the UWF Mock Trial Courtroom, was sponsored by Stetson University College of Law. The tournament consisted of four trial rounds that were judged by local attorneys and judges. Teams from Auburn University, University of South Florida, Kennesaw State University, University of Alabama, Mississippi University for Women and Georgia State University, among others, participated in the two-day competition.

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The Second Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law

January 19 and 20, 2013

On January 19 and 20, 2013, mock trial teams from six different universities came together at the University of West Florida (UWF) to participate in the Second Annual Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament. Teams from Auburn University, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and the University of North Alabama joined our UWF team to compete in four different rounds. This year's case was a civil trial involving a wrongful death lawsuit based on a diving accident. Teams prepared both a plaintiff and defense case for the tournament.

Faculty sponsor Dr. Kimberly Tatum is very proud of the UWF team's performance, and was excited about the increase in participation. “This year's tournament was even bigger than last year's inaugural event. It is a great opportunity for our students to improve their case strategies and performance before our regional tournament at the University of Central Florida next month.”

The tournament was judged by volunteers from UWF faculty and local legal professionals. “We actually had a real local judge who presided over a couple of the rounds!” said Tatum. The event provided an opportunity to use the mock trial courtroom on the UWF campus, a facility designed to simulate an actual courtroom that is utilized by classes and student groups throughout the university. “It was great to be able to showcase our beautiful campus and great courtroom to other university students and to our local legal community,” said Tatum. Having a realistic environment for the tournament gave the proceedings an air of authenticity, and Tatum reported that “the students really enjoyed competing in the courtroom.”

The mock trial teams that participated are all part of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), founded in 1985 by Dean Richard Calkins of Drake Law School. The AMTA hosts 24 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each year in February and March. Invitational tournaments, hosted by the team's institutions during the fall and early spring, are held around the country to allow teams to practice and prepare for the AMTA-sanctioned tournaments. The UWF Mock Trial Team will travel to the University of Central Florida for the regional tournament next month.

While all of the nearly 80 students who participated at the 2013 Argo Invitational put forth an admirable effort, it was the Auburn University team that earned top honors this year. Stetson University College of Law graciously sponsored the tournament, and provided an admissions dean at the tournament to speak to students about the law school application process. “We were thrilled to partner with Stetson University College of Law for this event, since Stetson is well-know for its award-winning trial advocacy program,” said Tatum.


UWF Inaugural UWF Argo Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

January 21, 2012

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, the University of West Florida Mock Trial Team hosted the UWF Argo Invitational. The invitational tournament is a scrimmage which required each mock trial team to compete in two trial rounds. The competing teams were judged by local attorneys and judges. In addition to the two teams from UWF, the attendees included teams from the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Murray State University. The competition was held in buildings 85 and 86 and in the UWF Mock Trial Classroom on the main campus.

The UWF Mock Trial Team is part of the American Mock Trial Association, a national organization that has sponsored mock trial competitions at the undergraduate level for 25 years. The UWF team was formed at UWF in 2001, and has competed in regional and national competitions, earning numerous team and individual awards over the years.