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The Mock Review with Ben and Drew
73 minutes | 6 days ago
Episode 44: Regionals Analysis, Week Three
Ben and Drew discuss all the results from week three of the 2021 AMTA Regional season.
67 minutes | 13 days ago
Episode 43: Regionals Analysis, Week Two
It’s the third year in a row we’ve done this, I think you get how it works. Ben and Drew discuss the results from Week Two of the 2021 AMTA Regionals (and get a bit loopy in the last five minutes).
42 minutes | 22 days ago
Episode 42: Regionals Analysis, Week One
Drew and Ben go through the first week of Regionals results and break down the strong showings and surprising letdowns from regionals 1A - 1H.
49 minutes | a month ago
Episode 41: It's That Time of Year
Ben and Drew discuss recent invitational results in January including Ben’s experience at Great Chicago Fire, why more West Coast teams are winning invitationals this year, what the case changes mean for Petrillo v. Martini & Peony Estates moving forward, and reactions to the 2021 Regionals assignments.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 40: Fall Season Roundtable (with Kate Hayner-Slattery)
For their third “roundtable” episode, Ben and Drew welcome Kate Hayner-Slattery of Northwestern Mock Trial. Ben, Drew and Kate discuss fall invitational results, case bias in Petrillo v. Martini/Peony Estates, and their general thoughts on the fall season and how our community is adapting to virtual Mock Trial.
62 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 39: The Fall 2020 Season (So Far)
Now that we’ve got a few weeks of virtual Mock Trial behind us, Ben and Drew sit down to discuss everything we’re seen from the Fall 2020 season so far. Ben and Drew break down the AMTA invitational results, discuss Drew’s recent experience at Empire, talk about Ben releasing State v. Gardner (the Maryland High School Mock Trial 2020-21 case packet), and go through what they’re seeing so far with online mock trial and how it works.
50 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 38: Petrillo v. Martini & Peony Estates (with Michael Gelfand)
Civil Case Committee Chair and friend of the podcast Michael Gelfand joins Ben and Drew to discuss Estate of Genesis Petrillo v. Harper Martini & Peony Estates, the 2020-21 AMTA case packet. Mike covers what it has been like behind the scenes when the committee had to change topics on short notice, how the committee approached writing a packet they knew would be tried exclusively online, whether the committee was concerned about the complexity of a two-defendant case, and how the case committee approached building the stories and theories for this case.
85 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 37: Empire Mock Trial
Drew and Ben are joined by Empire Mock Trial Executive Director Justin Matarrese and Director of Competition Operations Viran Weerasekera to discuss the history and mission of Empire Mock Trial, how Viran designed PROcess (the digital tabulation and tournament management system used by Empire), whether Empire would ever consider reviving The Downtown, and how their organization is adapting to the new challenges of online mock trial.
60 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 36: Five National Champions (with Team 36)
Ben and Drew are joined on this episode by Team 36, the winning team at the inaugural One Last Time Tournament: Sonali Mehta and Georgia Lala of Duke, Steven Becker and Isabel Pentland of Tufts, and Elias Neibart of Emory. This episode is a wide-ranging discussion covering how their team came together, what it was like competing with people from other programs, thoughts on competing as attorneys and witnesses in virtual mock trial, how to use technology effectively, and what they’ll remember about competing in AMTA.
72 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 35: One Last Time Tournament Preview (with Dan Peale)
Drew and Ben are joined by Dan Peale of UVA Mock Trial for a discussion on his time at Virginia, the emotion of two consecutive second place finishes at NCT, his experience at Trial by Combat, and how he and his team are preparing for the first-ever One Last Time Tournament. Then Ben and Drew break down the OLT field and talk about some of the unique challenges they think competitors and teams will face in an online format.
85 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 34: AMTA Goes Online (with Sam Jahangir)
Ben and Drew are joined by AMTA Board Candidate and University of Chicago coach Sam Jahangir for a roundtable discussion on the 2020 AMTA Board meeting. Topics covered include the decision to move the 2020-21 season online, the decision to scrap the original 2020-21 case topic, the motion to permit the CRC to issue warnings, the motion to ban scouting, and the fact that the Board meeting was live streamed this year. Ben also announces that he’s now running a law school mock trial program in addition to UMBC, and Drew announces that he’ll be doing some teaching this summer for Mock On Academy.
93 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 33: Summer Topic Rundown (with Sonali Mehta)
Drew and Ben cover the last few months in AMTA, including Ben’s experience coaching at Trial by Combat again and thoughts on virtual mock trial, the final cancellation of the 2020 season, the One Last Time Tournament, the announcement of the Student Advisory Board, the 2020-21 case topic, and the important motions up for debate at the 2020 AMTA Board of Directors meeting. Then Sonali Mehta, Seva Castleberry and Eric Roytman join the podcast to discuss Sonali’s victory at the 2020 Trial by Combat tournament.
54 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 32: 2020 Trial by Combat Preview, Part Two (with Abbie Heller)
On part two of our 2020 Trial by Combat preview, Drew and Ben are joined by Abbie Heller, the Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Abbie gives some insight on how the trial advocacy program works at Drexel, and then goes into detail on how she and Justin Bernstein of UCLA Law are adapting Trial by Combat for an online format. Finally, Abbie gives the Mock Review an exclusive preview of the 2020 TBC case.
63 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 31: 2020 Trial by Combat Preview, Part One
In part one of our 2020 Trial by Combat preview series, Ben and Drew are joined by two 2020 TBC competitors: Regina Campbell of Chicago and Sonali Mehta of Duke. Regina was accompanied by witness Peter Bound, and they discussed Chicago’s mock trial program, the disappointment of not finishing the season in their hometown, and how Regina is going to approach preparing for Trial by Combat virtually after competing in person last year. After that, Sonali spoke to Ben and Drew about her preparation process, getting stabbed by a demonstrative bag at an invitational, and how she’s going to work with her coach and second chair at TBC.
75 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 30: A Mock Trial Roundtable (with Nat Warner)
For this episode, Ben and Drew try something different. Nat Warner of Wesleyan joined the show for a roundtable discussion on a wide variety of topics, including the possibility of finishing the 2020 season online, the new ORCS pairing system and how Nat and Ben experienced it during ORCS this year, whether AMTA should add a tournament for teams who narrowly miss NCT, what areas AMTA does well and where they can improve, and whether mimicry is a problem in Mock Trial. (Editor’s note: Ben’s audio is lower quality than usual for this episode due to an error while recording.)
67 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 29: AMTA Tabulation Director Johnathan Woodward
American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Tabulation Director Johnathan Woodward spoke with Ben and Drew for a wide-ranging conversation about mock trial, including his thoughts on the new ORCS pairing system, some examples of the best calls he’s gotten from AMTA Representatives during competition season, how AMTA pairing and tabulation systems have evolved over the years, what it’s like to announce the winner of the National Championship Tournament, and whether he thinks AMTA would ever go to an electronic tabulation or pairing system.
47 minutes | a year ago
Episode 28: The College Mock Trial Online Championship (with Justin Bernstein)
Friend of the pod Justin Bernstein returns to talk with Ben and Drew about the College Mock Trial Online Championship, a recent competition hosted by UCLA Law School. Justin breaks down the origins of the idea, how the scoring and judging worked, what interesting trends he saw in the scoring data, and when we should expect to start seeing the results.
66 minutes | a year ago
Episode 27: Winning Objections: A Mock Trial Guidebook
On the latest episode, authors Brian Pilchik, Amanda Mundell and Emily Miller join Drew and Ben to discuss their book, Winning Objections: A Mock Trial Guidebook. The authors go through how the idea for the book was hatched, their writing and editing process, why the book is structured the way it is, and what they hope competitors and coaches will get from the book. Then Ben and Drew give their review of the book at the end of the episode.
64 minutes | a year ago
Episode 26: Hosting and Postponing a National Championship (with Devon Holstad)
Drew and Ben discuss hosting and postponing the 2020 National Championship Tournament with Devon Holstad, a coach and former competitor at Loyola Chicago. Devon goes through the planning process for hosting an NCT, how things have been behind the scenes since the COVID-19 pandemic developed to the point where the NCT had to be postponed, and his program’s philosophy on the “World Cup” bid for NCT hosts.
76 minutes | a year ago
Episode 25: ORCS Analysis, Week One
Drew and Ben break down results from the first five ORCS: Cedar Rapids, Cincinnati, Geneva, Lancaster, and Santa Monica. They also discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic since AMTA announced the postponement of all remaining tournaments last week.
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