Adam Sommer (center above) started coaching UCM Mock Trial in the fall of 2013. He is a practicing attorney in Warrensburg at local firm, Harris, Harris, & Gilbert, LLC maintaining a general practice with concentration on family law, civil litigation, municipal government and prosecution, business representation and startup, and trial practice. He is a graduate of Univ. of Missouri, School of Law in 2012 where he was a member of the law school’s Attorney General Cup and TYLA mock trial competition teams, and a 2008 graduate of UCM with a degree in Political Science and Sociology.
Adam’s coaching with UCM is a return to the program where he was a competitor from Fall of 2006 until his graduation from UCM in December, 2008. During his 2 1/2 seasons UCM made the “National Silver” competition (which is now ORCS) while earning both outstanding regional and national awards for witness and attorney performances. Combining undergraduate and law school competitions, and now his role as UCM’s coach, Adam has over a decade of experience in mock trial to go along with his professional experience as a trial attorney.
Since taking over the program’s coaching duties in Fall, 2013 UCM has earned a direct bid to the O.R.C.S. tournament in all but one year, with an open bid only in his second season, 2014-2015 after a 4.5-3.5 regionals finish. During that span team members graduating from UCM Mock Trial have a 100% acceptance rate to law school and many have earned scholarships in addition to acceptance. Adam’s hope is to continue growing UCM’s program as a nationally competitive program as the most successful team in Missouri among public universities. The program’s goal is to ensure that team members are able to not only attend law school but also thrive in their professional roles after graduation.