On Thursday, Nov. 3, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids Campus Mock Trial Board held a professional mock trial with Judge Christina Elmore, of the 61st District Court; John Beason, attorney; and Chad Catalino, Muskegon county attorney.
Students participated in the case, State of Sparta v. Paul Malin, where the State charged Malin with both voluntary manslaughter and second degree murder. Beason was the lead prosecutor for the State of Sparta and Catalino was counsel for the defendant. Over 60 students, staff, and faculty were in attendance.
“We firmly believe the first time you are in a trial should not be in an actual courtroom and that zealous advocacy takes great practice,” said Zachariah Green, Mock Trial Board president. “No matter how many mock trials you participate in, there is nothing that can replace a solid example of astounding attorneys who have put the time in to master their trial advocacy skills.”
Past WMU-Cooley Law School mock trial events have included WMU-Cooley faculty and community leaders, including Associate Dean Nelson Miller, and Professors Tonya Krause-Phelan, Curt Benson and John Brennan.