WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Last summer, we unexpectedly lost over $10,000 in funding. We turned to friends and family for help, and we were overwhelmed by the support we received. We were able to surpass our goal of raising $3000. Thanks to your support, we received 25+ individual awards and placed highly at 13 of the most competitive tournaments in the country. Unfortunately, we are still searching for a sustainable replacement for the funding we lost. This year, we're looking to raise $3000 again. Your donation allows us to sustain the size of our program while keeping dues affordable until we are able to find a replacement sponsor for our program.
WHO WE ARE
UGA Mock Trial is one of the largest and most successful programs in the nation. We are completely student-run and student-coached, a rarity in the mock trial universe, and since 2004, we have provided undergrads with the chance to attend competitive tournaments around the nation. At tournaments, students compete in courtrooms in front of actual attorneys and judges, simulating the process of a civil or criminal case. This activity combines creative ingenuity, advanced public-speaking skills, spontaneity, and teamwork. It's a serious commitment, but we love what we do! Visit our website to learn more.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
* members pay dues in the fall and spring.
* we host our own tournament and charge registration fees.
* we apply for funds from the School of Public and International Affairs.
* we apply for funds from the Student Government Association.
* we look for sponsorships from law firms.
* we carpool, double-up on hotel rooms, and stay in houses when possible.
* students cover all meals during tournament weekends.
We currently have five teams and give each team the chance to compete twice a semester. In the fall, new members learn and improve between tournaments, experimenting with case theory and sharpening our competitive edge against top schools. In the spring, newly-created stacked teams compete at one tournament before entering the official AMTA-sanctioned competitions. We put a lot of time and effort into preparing case theory, and for mock trial, competition is our only chance to showcase the work we've done. We do our best to offset costs, but expenses add up to over $20,000 a year.
* tournament registration = $200 - $500 per team
* hotel rooms = $500 per team
* gas / travel = $200 per team