Hamilton ORCS Information for Judges

The University of Dayton Mock Trial Team is proud to have been selected to host the Opening Round of the American Mock Trial Association's (AMTA) National Championship, a national-level tournament with students representing colleges and Universities from across the United States. Part of AMTA’s decision to honor UD with the distinction of hosting this premier tournament for the first time is the tremendous quality of the judging pool that has turned out to volunteer at this tournament in the past. With your help, this year’s tournament can continue this tradition of excellence.

The tournament will be comprised of four separate rounds spanning one round on the evening of Friday, March 15, two rounds on Saturday, March 16, and one round on Sunday, March 17 (schedule below). In each round, students from two different institutions will represent the prosecution and defense in a civil trial. Student attorneys use the facts of the case and a modified version of the federal rules of evidence to present a complete case from opening to closing arguments. Student witnesses use affidavits prepared by AMTA to appear as doctors, investigators, business men ans women, and victims. Each trial lasts approximately three hours.

For all rounds, a prior familiarity with the case is not required. Each volunteer judge must first sit through a short orientation known as the “Judges Meeting” that will take place 30 minutes before the beginning of each round. A complete meal for judges will be provided before each round, and between rounds on Saturday.

The orientation meetings listed below will start promptly at the time specified. If you wish to eat the meal provided, please arrive 25-20 minutes early.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dinner will be provided for all judges prior to the start of the Judges orientation.

Judges Meeting: 5:30-6:00 PM

Round I Trial: 6:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Continental breakfast included juices, and coffee will be provided prior to the Round II Judges meeting.

Judges Meeting: 8:30-9:00 AM

Round II: 9:30-12:30 PM

A complete lunch will be provided between rounds for all judges.

Judges Meeting: 1:30-2:00 PM

Round III: 2:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Continental breakfast included juices, and coffee will be provided prior to the Round IV Judges meeting.

Judges Meeting: 9:00-9:30 AM

Round IV: 9:30-12:30 PM

For additional information or to sign up as a Judge, please contact University of Dayton Coach and Program Director Dr. Laura Hume at 937.229.4229 or at

Synopsis of the Case:

On June 29, 2017, Defendant Danny Kosack was scheduled to appear on the highly-rated show Midlands After Dark with Alex Grace (produced by Plaintiff, Midlands Television Studios, Inc.) with Elias, Kosack's chimpanzee. But a rehearsal before the show went terribly wrong when Elias attacked the people in the room. Plaintiff's writer, Chris Villafana, was killed during the attack, and Plaintiff and Defendant have sued each other for negligence.


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