The 2013 Rebel-Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament is the fourth iteration of the first ever American Mock Trial Association format trial advocacy competition to come to Las Vegas.
As is only proper, the tournament will take place at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. The University of Southern California Mock Trial Team, a west coast trial advocacy power-program, is co-hosting.
THIS YEAR, the students will present either the Plaintiff or Defense side in the civil case of Allen v. Neptune Underwater Expeditions. Here is a brief summary of the case:
In 2008, Midlands was transfixed when Hollywood legend and local resident Jacob Bennett seemed to vanish into thin air on his 50th wedding anniversary. Bennett’s last known destination: A late-night meeting on a one-of-a-kind yacht, The Hepburn.
The Hepburn mysteriously vanished beneath the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. No bodies were never found. Thereafter, a local diving company, Neptune Underwater Expeditions, began leading scuba diving expeditions to the Hepburn wreck at a sign-up cost of $10,000 per person. At 170+ feet below sea level, The Heburn is not a beginners' dive and Neptune's stated policy is to only accept customers with advanced open water certification.
Neptune is the only company in the world that leads scuba diving expeditions to The Hepburn wreck. Neptune encourages divers to "Be part of the mystery . . . and the history!"
Lee Allen and Andy Allen signed up with Neptune Underwater Expeditions to dive the Hepburn wreck. On July 7, 2011, Lee died during the dive. Andy, acting individually and on behalf of spouse Lee, is suing Neptune for Lee’s wrongful death.
*** We welcome practitioners and judges with civil and/or criminal experience.
Are you a judge, attorney or 3L law student (evidence completed)? If so, please join us as a tournament judge for the 2012 Rebel Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament. Sign up here.
Presiding mock trial judges actually rule on objections, and conduct the trials, just as real judges do. Scoring mock trial judges score the students' performances and give them evaluative commentary. We strive to provide one presiding judge, and two scoring judges, per trial.
During the Rebel - Trojan, colleges and universities from around the nation compete against each other by using the Federal Rules of Evidence to present either the Prosecution/Plaintff or Defense side of a mock case. Each side will present an Opening Statement, Direct & Cross Examination of 3 Prosecution witnesses and 3 Defense witnesses, and Closing Arguments.
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