High Hopes for Simpson’s New Mock Trial Team

Just a few months after winning its first national championship in debate, Simpson College is adding a mock-trial team for yet another chance for students to get involved.

The new team will have students working on fictional cases against other college squads. Each round, students will portray an attorney — by questioning witnesses, offering exhibits, making objections and even preparing opening and closing statements.

About 600 teams from 350 universities and colleges compete in the 25 regional tournaments hosted by the American Mock Trial Association each year.

“Mock Trial provides an opportunity for every kind of student to improve their speaking and advocacy. I stress this is the skill found in every career field,” said Tyler Buller, Simpson College’s new mock-trial coach.

Buller is building the legacy the larger speech and debate program has created in just a few years at Simpson. This year’s team goals are to build a strong foundation for the future, to develop critical-thinking and speaking skills for students and to become competitive in invitational and regional tournaments.

Students with majors ranging from political science, journalism, biology and even computer science can find success within the new mock-trial club.

Mock Trial students meet to prep for their upcoming invitational at the Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University, Oct. 29-30.

Mock Trial students meet to prep for their upcoming competition at the Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University, Oct. 29-30.

The team will participate in its first competition on Oct. 29-30 at the Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University.