Gonzaga University's mock trial program has competed at the regional and national level since its inception in 1997. Its founder, Dr. Georgie Ann Weatherby, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, created the program after she began teaching at Gonzaga in 1996.
The American Mock Trial Association ("AMTA") governs these intercollegiate competitions. Across the nation, more than 650 teams from 350 colleges and universities compete in ATMA-sanctioned tournaments. Despite the growing competition, Gonzaga University has consistently found success on the national stage.
Since 1997, Gonzaga University has sent a team to Silver Nationals (now the Opening Round Championship Series) a resounding 20 times! In 2001, Gonzaga Mock Trial acquired -- and still holds -- the national record for the most All-American Awards at any one national tournament, topping out at five awards. Since 2001, Gonzaga would return to Gold Nationals (now the National Championship) several more times, including 2005 and most notably, 2010, when Gonzaga placed 9th in the Nation.
The mock trial program at Gonzaga is a gold mine of history. We invite you to tour the third floor of College Hall and view the trophy cases with memories of past tournament wins going back generations.