Samford University hosts mock trial tournament

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) – Samford University will host a mock trial tournament over the weekend of February 27th and 28th.

More than 300 students and coaches will represent 20 schools from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi in competition that will decide which will advance to the national tournament.

Alabama schools represented are the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama, Auburn University, Miles College, University of North Alabama and Samford.

More than 120 practicing attorneys and state and federal judges will serve as judges for the tournament.

The fictional case to be tried will be about three entrepreneurs whose new business was on the verge of profitability when one partner is discovered dead. The other partners are then indicted for murder.

Opening ceremonies will be Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson Hall building, with the closing awards ceremony Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.

Rounds will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the moot courtroom and in other campus buildings. The public is invited to observe.