Senior Associate, Meredith Mathews, recently participated as a judge in Baylor Law’s Top Gun Mock Trial Competition. As a Baylor Law graduate, Meredith loves going back as much as she can to support the program and reconnect with former classmates. She has been judging the competition for the past 6 years.
Baylor Law describes the Top Gun tournament as “an innovative, invitation-only mock trial tournament where the single best advocates from the sixteen top trial advocacy schools across the nation go head-to-head for the honor of being designated as ‘Top Gun.’” The winner of the competition walks away with $10,000 in cash. The judges for the competition are comprised of distinguished trial attorneys and state and federal judges who listen to 36 trials over a five-day period.
What makes this mock trial so unique is that the competitors get their case files 24 hours before their first round. Ms. Mathews said, “To prepare to try the case on both sides in that amount of time is really impressive. It makes me feel good about the quality of lawyers law schools around the country are training.”
This year, Meredith got to judge a contestant that she also judged in last years’ competition. Seeing how much he had improved in just a year was a highlight for her. When asked what her favorite part of participating in the event for the last 6 years was, Meredith said, “I really like the idea of giving back to the community. These kids work so hard, and they deserve to have lawyers who have a good bit of court room experience judging them. It’s great to be able to give them practical advice that they will be able to use in their careers.”
To learn more about Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition and see the final round of the 2018 competition, please visit their website here.