Auburn University mock trial team takes first place at Argo Invitational competition

Mock Trial Team WinnersAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University mock trial competition team took first place in the second annual University of West Florida Argo Invitational in Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 20-21, hosted by the UWF mock trial team and sponsored by Stetson University College of Law. Auburn University team members Luke Wareham and David Hathcock were named Best Attorney and Best Witness, respectively.

Auburn’s winning team vied against teams from the University of West Florida, the University of Florida, Kennesaw State University, the University of North Alabama and Georgia Tech. Each team was required to compete in four trial rounds that were determined by local attorneys and judges. The teams are part of the American Mock Trial Association, a national organization that has sponsored mock trial competitions at the undergraduate level for 25 years.

“The students on the Auburn team are so grateful for all of the support they have received from Auburn’s attorney alums, especially from members of the Lee, Montgomery and Jefferson County Bar Associations,” said Dorothy Wells Littleton, practitioner-in-residence for the Auburn University Pre-Law Scholars program and faculty advisor for the team. “These judges and lawyers have donated their time to judge scrimmages and have made generous financial contributions. This support has had a substantial impact on the team’s success.”

The Auburn University team was formed in 2008 and has competed in regional and national competitions, earning numerous team and individual awards over the years. The team is sponsored by the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and has 27 student members. James McLaughlin, municipal judge for the city of Auburn, is the team’s attorney coach.

For more information about the mock trial competition team at Auburn University, contact Dorothy Wells Littleton at or (334) 844-6166.

(Contributed by Vicky Santos.)

Contact: Vicky Santos, College of Liberal Arts, (334) 844-7186, (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (