CLINTON — David Jordan, of Utica, is a competing member of the Hamilton College Mock Trial team this year.
The team competes nationally in intercollegiate mock trial competition and in American Mock Trial Association tournaments.
Using a hypothetical case from the American Mock Trial Association that contains witness affidavits as well as pieces of evidence, team members develop a theory for both the prosecution and defense to present to a jury. Students take roles as attorneys and witnesses and then compete against other colleges and universities. Attorneys and judges rate their performance.
Mock Trial members learn basic and advanced trial law skills through the team’s trial advocacy program. These skills include persuasive speaking and rhetoric skills, acting skills, and legal reading and writing skills.
Jordan, a sophomore, is a graduate of Thomas R. Proctor High School.