Bill Visone is a member of the Empire Mock Trial team, serving as an international consultant. He’s Empire’s most valuable asset in the bullpen, always warmed up and ready for the call. Visone met Empire Mock Trial back in 2010 and it was love at first sight. Over the years he has handled a variety of administrative responsibilities both before and after the tournaments.
However, Visone’s “bread and butter” is doing the international seminars where he helps students better understand the American Rules of Evidence and U.S. courtroom procedure. Visone’s assistance doesn’t end when the computer screen closes (he runs his classes through Skype). Always believing in finishing what you start, Visone personally advises schools during the tournament weekend. He relishes the time that he spends with the students and truly loves getting to know them and watching them learn. It’s why he and the Empire got together in the first place.
Young as he is, Visone can be termed a mock trial “veteran.” He competed for four years on his high school mock trial team and another three in college. In his freshman year of college, Bill competed as a witness for the defending National Champion, New York University. He helped the team reach its second straight Final Round and place second out of over 600 teams nationwide. Visone dazzled the audience using his charm and humor to garner laughs. His performance was widely acclaimed and he was awarded an All-American Witness, the highest honor given by the American Mock Trial Association.
Visone’s transition from the witness stand to the counsel table was as smooth and slick as his hair, and he captured multiple outstanding attorney awards over the next two years. During his senior year, he was elected President of the NYU team and led them to their fourth consecutive Top Five National Finish—with half of the team comprised of first year students. Using his Empire Mock Trial consulting experience, Visone molded the new mockers into stars.
Visone is a graduate of New York University, having received his B.A. in Economics in 2013. He now is working on a law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. His few months at Georgetown have made him relieved to know that at least some work is being done in the nation’s capital. At the age of 21, he is the youngest student at Georgetown.