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Mock Trial Team

Current Information

Adam 2014

2013 - 2014 UCM Mock Trial Team at their first tournament of the year at NW Missouri State where they took home their 3rd. Place trophy. From left to right, (Andre Tinoco, Jr., Andrew Serrone, Kyle Becker, Jennifer Zavastsky, Coach-Adam Sommer, Kailea Bogner, Alana Caruso. Not pictured Zachary Sherwood, and Maren Viefhaus).


For more information on how to join the team or for tournament outcomes please follow this link.


Coach: Attorney, Adam Sommer of Warrensburg firm Harris, Harris, Y Gilbert, L.L.C. began coaching the teach in 2013. Adam is a former team member from 2006-2008 and graduate of UCM. After earning a B.S. in Political Science at UCM Adam went to the University of Missouri (Mizzou) for law school, completing his J.D. in May of 2012. Adam is a member of teh Missouri Bar, and practices primarily in family law, municipal law, and general civil litigation. You can reach him at for more information on the team.








Mock Trial Team

2nd. place plaque 2012

UCM's Mock Trial team placed second at an invitational tournament hosted by Northwest Missouri State University from October 19-20, 2012. The Team went up against Central College, the University of Nebraska, South Dakota University, and Washborn University, and finished with a 6-2 record. This is one of the best performance by UCM's Mock Trial team in an early competition. This year's team has a good mix of returning veterans and new mock trialers. Team members include: Ben Marble, Kayla Meine, Sara Evans, Alana Caruso, Sarah Ramlal, Cristel Hager, Kailea Bogner, Nicole Southall, Maren Veifhaus, Kyle Becker, and Andre Tinoco. Not only did the Mock Trialers do well as a team, but two students won individual awards. Ben Marble won a Best Attorney Award and Sarah Evans won an Outstanding Witness Award. The team will compete at Illinois State University on November 2-4, 2012. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact the coach, Derek Moorhead, at



2012 mock trial team
Derek Moorhead (center)
and Mock Trial Team

The Mock Trial team competes in regional and national competitions. The team has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, earning bids to the national tournament in eight of the last ten years.  

The team is coached by Derek Moorhead, an attorney in Lee's Summit, and is assisted by Doug Harris, attorney for the City of Warrensburg. Derek has coached Mock Trial for twenty-five years and turned UMKC's team into one of the premier programs in the country.

2010-2011 Mock Trial Team Photos

2009-2010 Mock Trial Team Photos

2007-2008 Mock Trial Team Photos
2006-2007 Mock Trial Teams
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