Judges and attorneys gather at WMU- Cooley for professional mock trial


WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus held a professional mock trial event faeturing 61st District Court Judge Christina Elmore; John Beason, Kent County attorney; and Chad Catalino, Muskegon County attorney.


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, attorney.

Students participated in State of Sparta v. Paul Malin, where the State charged Malin with both voluntary manslaughter and second degree murder. Beason was lead prosecutor for State of Sparta and Catalino was counsel for the defendant. Over 60 students, staff, and faculty attended.

 “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 mock trial events have included WMU-Cooley faculty and community leaders, including Associate Dean Nelson Miller, Professors Tonya Krause-Phelan, Curt Benson and John Brennan.

The Mock Trial Board at WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus is looking for judges to participate in future mock trials. Legal professionals interested in participating with should contact Zachariah Green at greenz@cooley.edu, or Emilee Umfleet at umfleete@cooley.edu.