A four-member team from the Columbus School of Law won top honors at the Pacific McGeorge Seventh National Ethics Trial Competition, held March 14-16, 2013. The team finished first among a field of sixteen highly ranked advocacy schools, besting Fordham Law School in the final round.
“The team was perfect from the start,” said Catholic University law school Professor Louis Barracato, the trial team’s coach and faculty advisor. “They received acclaim from all of the judges for their knowledge of evidence, their imagination and their advocacy skills. Congratulations for a job well done.”
Jay Goossen (3L) received an honorable mention for Best Advocate for the preliminary rounds based on one argument. His award stated that his scores for the single round would have placed him in the running for overall Best Advocate if he competed in a second round.
Based in Sacramento, Pacific McGeorge School of Law’s National Ethics Trial Competition was established to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. It offers student trial lawyers the opportunity to develop and display their knowledge and skills of professional responsibility in trial work.
This year’s problem worked by the student teams involved the hypothetical case of a woman who sued her attorney for professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty because he had been having a clandestine affair with her daughter.
Trials are judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar, including judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and members of the Anthony M. Kennedy and Milton Schwartz Inns of Court.