Mock Trial Team advances to Opening Round Championship

Mock trial President Zeke Starr and the rest of the team meet to workout strategies on March 3, 2018. The team has advanced to the opening round championship. (Photo By Phillip Kiefer)

By Logan Garrett, Staff Writer –

Last week the UTC Mock Trial added to their extensive list of recent accomplishments by
sending a team to the Opening Round Championship Series for the third consecutive year.

This advancement came as a result of the Blue Team recording six wins and tying for third place at the Regional Tournament in Jackson, Mississippi.

The team is now preparing for ORCS, which will take place in Memphis, Tennessee on March 23.

“It’s a really competitive ORCS, and it’s really top-heavy with a lot of great teams coming this year,” said Zeke Starr, the captain of the Blue Team. “There will be a lot of teams from the southeast and even from Texas and California, but I’m confident in our team’s ability.”

Starr and his teammate Christopher Guin received an Outstanding Attorney Award based on their performance in Jackson.

The top six teams at each of the eight ORCS will move forward to compete at the National
Championship Tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

If the team does advance to the NCT, it would be their second trip to nationals in the past two seasons.

The ORCS will revolve around the same simulated attempted murder court case as the one from the regional competition, but there have been a few alterations to the details of the case.

“We’re kind of in scramble mode. They made big changes to keep us on our toes, adding a new witness, a lot of new evidence, and changed a bunch of facts,” said Starr. “So we’re focused on adjusting to those changes right now.”

The short turnaround from regionals to ORCS is forcing the Blue Team to start working on their case and that work will extend over Spring Break.

The other UTC squad, the Gold Team, also proved how deep the program is through their three win performance at regionals and their victories this past season, and they will be practicing with the Blue Team before ORCS.

“The Blue Team went to nationals last year, and we faced these teams at Vanderbilt in
November and at Georgia Tech and Duke,” said Mac Martin, a member of the Gold Team. “So I think their experience will benefit them at ORCS.”

For more information about the organization in general or about how to join the Mock Trial team, students should email

Kirsten Raper

Kirsten Raper

News Editor

Kirsten is an English major with a minor in Communication. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and going to concerts.

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