MURRAY — Travis Conner, a freshman political science major from Mayfield and member of Murray State University’s Mock Trial Team, received the Outstanding Attorney Award on the plaintiff side of the case that was part of a regional tournament, hosted virtually by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) on Feb. 27-28.

Attorneys with honorable mentions on ballots included Conner. Witnesses who received honorable mentions include Bianca Hale, also of Mayfield.

The American Mock Trial Association serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial competition. Students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

Presently, AMTA hosts 32 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each season. Approximately 700 teams from over 400 universities and colleges will compete in these tournaments. In total, AMTA provides a forum for over 7,300 undergraduate students each academic year to engage in intercollegiate mock trial competitions across the country.

“The competition was great,” said Conner. “We were on Zoom this semester, which wasn’t as fun as going to an actual court, but I still really enjoyed it. We had four rounds overall, two plaintiff and two defense. We had a lot of fun, and the team was also constantly in contact in group chats when we weren’t doing our part and everyone was very encouraging.”

Conner said he became involved in Mock Trial to learn the rules of evidence and “might be a good head start in law school.”

“Now that I’ve been in it, I definitely think it’s worthwhile for anyone who is interested in law to check out,” he said. “So, it helps you learn the rules of evidence and procedures of a courtroom while also participating in a really fun tournament with a lot of good people.”