Judges and Attorneys Gather for Professional Mock Trial Event
On Thursday, Nov. 3, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids Campus Mock Trial Board held a professional mock trial with Judge Christina Elmore, of the 61st District Court; John Beason, attorney; and Chad Catalino, Muskegon county attorney.
Students participated in the case, State of Sparta v. Paul Malin, where the State charged Malin with both voluntary manslaughter and second degree murder. Beason was the lead prosecutor for the State of Sparta and Catalino was counsel for the defendant. Over 60 students, staff, and faculty were in attendance.
“We firmly believe the first time you are in a trial should not be in an actual courtroom and that zealous advocacy takes great practice,” said Zachariah Green, Mock Trial Board president. “No matter how many mock trials you participate in, there is nothing that can replace a solid example of astounding attorneys who have put the time in to master their trial advocacy skills.”
Past WMU-Cooley Law School mock trial events have included WMU-Cooley faculty and community leaders, including Associate Dean Nelson Miller, and Professors Tonya Krause-Phelan, Curt Benson and John Brennan.
The Mock Trial Board at WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus is looking for judges to participate in future mock trials. Those legal professionals interested in participating with WMU-Cooley’s mock trial events should contact Zachariah Green at [email protected], or Emilee Umfleet at [email protected].
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.