Mock Trials Lead to Real Romance



Jessica Lynne Miller and Joshua Herbert Frost were married Saturday evening at the Bourne Mansion, an event space in Oakdale, N.Y. Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr., of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, officiated.

The couple graduated from Syracuse, the bride cum laude and the groom magna cum laude.

The bride, 27, is a litigation associate at the Manhattan law firm Levin & Glasser. She received a law degree from Hofstra University.

She is a daughter of Valerie A. Miller and Nicholas C. Miller of Farmingdale, N.Y. The bride’s father teaches science at Stephen A. Halsey Junior High School in Rego Park, Queens. Her mother is the head clerk for the Farmingdale Public Library.

The groom, 28, works in Manhattan as the director of product development for MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet office of Major League Baseball.

He is a son of Elise W. Frost and Ira M. Frost of Highland Park, Ill. The groom’s mother is a business manager in Winnetka, Ill., for Jeanne Balsam Interior Designs. His father is the owner of an independent insurance agency in Northbrook, Ill.

The couple met in September 2004, as freshmen living in the same dormitory at Syracuse. That first week of school, the mock-trial team, an extracurricular activity for aspiring lawyers, was holding tryouts. Mr. Frost, who referred to the team as “a terribly important organization,” was trying out, as was Ms. Miller.

Wanting to go to the first tryout with a friend, Ms. Miller went looking for Mr. Frost and found him in a cafeteria on campus. When she asked him to tag along, he told her he had not yet finished eating dinner.

Wrong answer.

“He was such a jerk,” Ms. Miller said. “I wanted to get to the tryout early to make a good impression, so I left without him vowing to not speak to him ever again.”

After the first tryout, she immediately left the room so she could walk home by herself, but Mr. Frost followed her.

“I tried my best to walk as fast as possible,” she said. “He caught up to me and was actually kind of nice.”

They started over again and became fast friends, preparing together for the next round of tryouts.

“Everything I did was just better with her than without her,” he said. “I had a feeling that we’d be together in the long run.”

They eventually made the team and became inseparable, though their relationship remained platonic.

A year went by before a romance began. They were still on the mock-trial team but decided to hide any evidence of being a couple.

“Our mock trial coach frowned upon team members dating each other,” Ms. Miller said.

Regardless, she added: “We had spent so much time together and had built such deep feelings for each other. We were still best friends, but we just decided it was time to take the leap.”

Everybody’s Buddy: Paul Rudd,9171,1884826,00.html

Paul Rudd doesn’t seem like a leading man until you remember that some men star in movies with other men. Bob Hope didn’t beat up criminals or woo ladies, and likewise, Rudd, who at 5 ft. 10 somehow projects 5 ft. 6, has found the perfect expression of his charming, nonthreatening slyness in the buddy comedy. After playing a lot of leading men’s friends (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and nice guys embraced by leading women after they’ve come to their senses (Friends, Clueless), Rudd has graduated to playing the lead. He did it in last year’s Role Models with Seann William Scott, and he’s doing it again in I Love You, Man with Jason Segel, out March 20, in which he plays a guy who has been so focused on his girlfriends that he has no male friends. So his fiancée sends him out in search of a best man, which Rudd approaches with the earnestness of a man oddly comfortable being on the gayest journey ever.
But I wasn’t buying the premise: that a straight adult male can successfully troll for straight adult male friends. Men are genetically programmed to shed friends once they get married, not add them. “If my dad had social engagements, it was my mom who arranged them,” Rudd says. “But I never had a problem making friends.” So, sitting in a booth at the Half King bar in New York City, two beers down, we decide to see if we can pull it off. (See the Top 10 Movie Bromances.)