UWF Mock Trial Team to host the 7th Annual UWF Argo Invitational

The University of West Florida Mock Trial Team will host the Seventh Annual UWF Argo Invitational on Jan. 13-14. The tournament, sponsored by the Stetson University College of Law, will feature 28 teams this year, making it the largest Argo Invitational to date. Each team will compete in four trial rounds that will be judged by local attorneys and judges. The competition will be held in Buildings 78, 85 and 86 in the UWF Mock Trial Courtrooms on the Pensacola campus. The closing awards ceremony will take place in the Mainstage Theatre in Building 82.

In addition to a UWF team, the attendees will include teams from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Dillard University, Flagler College, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Georgia State University, Hamline University, Kennesaw State University, Macalester College, Mercer University, Millsaps College, Mississippi Valley State University, Mississippi University for Women and Stetson University. The UWF Mock Trial Team will be coached by Michael Stallings, associate attorney at the Law Office of J.J. Talbott.

The UWF Mock Trial Team is part of the American Mock Trial Association, a national organization that has sponsored mock trial competitions at the undergraduate level for more than 25 years. The UWF team was formed in 2001 and has competed at the regional and national level, earning numerous team and individual awards over the years. Many of the team members representing UWF in the tournament are legal studies or pre-law majors.

“Participating on the UWF Mock Trial Team gives students the opportunity to learn by doing, and is invaluable experience for our pre-law students at UWF,” said Dr. Kimberly McCorkle, UWF Professor, Interim Vice Provost, and Argo Invitational Coordinator. “Mock trial is an example of a high-impact educational practice that helps students develop critical thinking and communication skills that prepare them for their future careers.”

For more information about the tournament, contact McCorkle by email at

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