The University of St. Thomas Mock Trial Program began competing in 2006. Mock Trial is a competitive, team-based activity practiced across the country. Participants assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys to compete against each other and present a case in front of a panel of judges. Mock trial allows students to develop critical thinking, speaking and acting skills.
UST Mock Trial hosts the Hustle City Invitational in the fall, as well as travel to various tournaments across the country throughout the year.
Paul Hubbell is a former All-American Attorney at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. During his time at Rhodes, the program rose from 11th in the national power rankings to 2nd. In 2013 he opened for the plaintiff in the National Final Round, while ultimately falling short of being crowned the national champion. That same year his team won the prestigious Downtown Invitational, which he also was the plaintiff opening attorney in that final round. Paul’s story of how he found his love for the law is truly unique. Paul attended Rhodes College to play college football. His career lasted exactly one play before sustaining a traumatic brain injury. After months of rehab, observation, and training to attempt to play football again, he was forced to retire. In a search for anything that would fulfill his competitive urges, he joined the mock trial team on a whim. The rest was history.
Paul coached at Rhodes for a year after graduating and attending law school. He moved to Houston in 2015 and was added as the associate head coach of St. Thomas in January of 2016. His goal at St. Thomas is to raise the program to a perennial national championship challenger, and he is well on his way. With only 1 month to work with St. Thomas in early 2016, he helped qualify the team to the Opening Round of the National Championship for only the 4th time in the program’s history. He has revamped the way we train, prepare, and think about mock trial.
In his free time, Paul is an avid New Orleans Saints, Memphis Grizzlies, and LSU fan. He loves to cook, especially for his teams, and loves pretending he is a contestant on the TV show “Chopped”.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “You can learn the most about a person and yourself, by seeing what they do when no one else is watching. That’s when you truly learn about a person’s character.”
FAVORITE LEGAL MOVIE: The Rainmaker
FAVORITE PRE-ROUND SONG: Throwed Off
Henry Morris is a former mock trial competitor who decided that a law career wasn't for him during the second logic section of his LSAT. After promptly filling in all of the bubbles and leaving the test room, Henry embarked on a career in marketing and hasn't looked back since. He's currently the Marketing & Communications Manager for Houston's bike share system–Houston BCycle.
As a competitor, Henry helped lead three different Rhodes College teams to top-10 finishes at Nationals. As a witness, Henry performed as a dorky weatherman, a Brooklyn-accented theme park owner, and a litany of "nice, likable dudes." As an attorney, Henry specialized in opening speeches and dramatic direct examinations. In 2016, Henry co-coached a Rhodes developmental team to a 7-1 finish at Regionals. Henry joined the UST family in January of 2018 and successfully coached the A team to a 7-1 record at the Dallas Regional.
Diego Frias is a former St. Thomas competitor. He was persuaded to join the team in his sophomore year in order to make up the numbers needed for the team to compete in regionals. He fell in love with mock trial immediately. Diego took on the captain's role for the 15-16 and 16-17 campaigns, leading the team to ORCS for the first time in half a decade and earning the university's first All Nation attorney award. He is now proud to coach a talented new generation of St. Thomas mockers alongside two amazing mentors and friends. Diego is currently attending the University of Houston Law Center and is a member of the mock trial team there.
Van is an UST Mock Trial alumnus, current second year law student, and associate coach of our A team. Van started mock trial during the 2015-2016 season. That season, along with the quick success that team had, helped lead Van to a successful law school career. Van was on the first UST team coached by Paul Hubbell and acted as a attorney and witness. He played a 21 Jump Street inspired police officer, including wearing a custom Midlands High Letterman Jacket, and he closed on the defense side of the case. Since his first and only year competing in undergraduate mock trial, Van has developed his skills even more. At the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Van won the prestigious Helen Williams 1L Mock Trial Competition. He continued to go on to win the Best Cross Examination at the Florida National Trial Advocacy Tournament. He loves coaching because he believes that undergraduate mock trial sets students so far ahead of the competition in law school, as it has for him.