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Mock Trial Teams Close Semester with Strong Showings

 

Catholic University law school’s mock trial competition ended its fall semester schedule on a high note: with 3L Chris Hall (below) selected as the Best Overall Advocate among seventy-two law students at the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition, held Nov. 19 to 21 at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, GA.

Sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division, the competition is open to all ABA-accredited law schools that have demonstrated excellence in mock trial competitions and/or achieved excellence in the training of litigation skills.
 
This year eighteen teams competed, each with four advocates. The competition required students to stage a complete mock trial. This included the direct and cross examination of witnesses, opening statements and closing arguments. Additionally, the students must have demonstrated a mastery of the Federal Rules of Evidence in order to effectively present and argue for (or against) objections that were raised. Teams were judged on their ability to present their case, and also on their professionalism and civility.
 
The Columbus School of Law team went 2-1 in the early rounds, losing to one of the overall finalists. Professor Louis Barracato, the trial team’s coach and mentor, was pleased with Hall’s exceptional advocacy.
 
“Earlier this semester [Chris] was recognized for the Best Opening Statement at Michigan State. This was well deserved, and well earned,” said Barracato.
 
In addition to Hall, team members included fellow third year students James Germano, Bridget Kerlick, and Steph Novelli.
 
Meanwhile, during the same weekend, newer members of the mock trial team showed great promise for the future.
 
At the 2011 National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Division of Georgetown Law Barristers' Council, first-year student James Uthmeier was recognized as an outstanding advocate.
 
“This is only the second 1L we have ever used, and the first to be selected for an individual award,” said Barracato. “This is very rare in these competitions. James is truly talented and I look forward to bigger and better things for us because of him.”
 
The National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational is the nation's only law school-level mock trial tournament focusing solely on white collar crime issues.
 
Team members also included three second-year students: Sara Greene, Maureen Cummins, and Natalie Ware.