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Mock Trial Team Progresses to National Championship Tournament

By Gail Hairston

UK Mock Trial Team: (males L-R) Nick Nash, Cody McGlothlin, John Wilson; 
(females L-R) Anne Klette, Rachel Hampton, Hannah West, Lauren Williams and Kassie Satterly.

For the first time in the program's 10-year history, the University of Kentucky Mock Trial Team has earned a spot to compete in the American Mock Trial Association's (AMTA) National Championship Tournament, hosted this year by University of California, Los Angeles.

Since its inception in 2007, the UK Mock Trial Team has represented the university at mock trial competitions across the country. There are over 600 undergraduate teams in the United States, and this year, UK’s group is one of only 48 teams to earn a coveted spot at the NCT, putting UK among the top 8 percent of teams nationwide. 

To achieve this feat, the mock trial team finished its regional tournament with a near perfect record and went on to place in the top six teams of the opening round championship series.

With each new mock trial season comes a new case, a new team and new obstacles students must hurdle in order to achieve their goals. The UK Mock Trial Team is primarily a student-run and student-coached program, and members devote countless hours to learning legal procedure, writing case material and perfecting performance. To learn more about the UK Mock Trial program, visit

Members of the UK team include Lauren Williams, a senior political science major from Richmond, Kentucky; Kassie Satterly, a senior history major from Lexington; Cody McGlothlin, a junior history and political science major from Richmond; Nick Nash, a junior political science major from St. Louis, Missouri; Rachel Hampton, a sophomore French and international economics major from Frankfort, Kentucky; Anne Klette, a sophomore political science major from Cincinnati, Ohio; John Wilson, a freshman history major from Richmond; and Hannah West, a freshman secondary English education major from Richmond.

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