Recently, there has been talk around campus about Eastern’s successful Mock Trial Club, but most people have no concept of what the club entails.
The club is given one case every September and they must build up a case and compete against other schools in the nation. The club is headed by Jim Headley, the advisor and coach of the team, and Dave May, the assistant coach, and has been in existence for the last five or six years.
“The organization consists of mainly government and business majors, but is open to anyone interested in the law,” said club president Noel Pittner.
There are actual judges who critique the cases and rate them based on the efficiency of the team’s ability to present the case to the jurors. The team has a yearly preliminary tournament they host with Gonzaga that took place earlier this year. Gonzaga, who is nationally ranked, could not back up their preseason hype as Eastern’s first team defeated them in the co-host’s annual tourney. As triumphant as the team has been, coming half a point from going to nationals last year, they have been overlooked in their accomplishments.
“The team is funded mostly through foundation accounts and government professors themselves,” said Pittner.
This next Thursday, the team is heading to Ogden, Utah for regionals with such major teams as Gonzaga, the Air Force, and University of Texas. Until further notice, one will have to hastily await news of the team’s future endeavors. For anyone who is interested in seeing the team in action, each May the club hosts a law day in which the case will be presented on campus for anyone wanting to watch, said Pittner. Anyone looking to get involved with the club can contact Jim Headley in the government office for more details.