Mock Trial Team Turns Up the Heat at Invitational

Despite record-breaking cold temperatures, Cal Poly Pomona's veteran Mock Trial Team set the courtrooms ablaze at the Polar Bear Invitational, Jan. 16-18, at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.  

Cal Poly Pomona's seven-member team took home its fair share of awards at the interstate competition, which included more than 500 students from 35 universities. Team captain Christopher Montoya and fellow teammate Elizabeth Gonzalez earned the team's first “outstanding attorney” and “outstanding witness” awards for this academic year, respectively. In addition, Ella Tarnate and Jeff Weintraub both secured the judges' top attorney votes for all rounds in which they competed.

While the veterans competed in Ohio, the rookie team kept its cool at the students' first-ever invitational held at UCLA Jan. 17-19. Karla Zerehi, Lauren Ziegler and Adrienne Mendoza earned perfect scores performing against some of the nation's toughest teams.   

Cal Poly Pomona Mock Trial Team coach Raul Sabado, J.D., noted he is a firm believer of the university's learn by doing philosophy.

“The skills learned and talents honed by competing on the mock trial team are an unparalleled experience for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in law,” said Sabado.

To compete on the team, students must first successfully complete the mock trial class, PLS 308, during the fall quarter. For more information, visit the team's Web site at