October 19, 2020

Slowinski CourtroomCatholic Law’s National Mock Trial Team went undefeated last weekend to advance to the “Sweet Sixteen” at the first-ever All-Star Bracket Challenge Mock Trial Competition. The online trial competition was organized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of live trial competitions this fall. The competition’s structure mirrors the annual NCAA basketball tournament, with sixty-four participating law schools from around the country.

The team of student advocates Bev Diaz (2L), Garrett Tracey (3L), and Meghan Moorhouse (3L), along with witness Thomas Dillon (3L), defeated Campbell, Harvard, Connecticut, and Emory—losing just two ballots along the way. Diaz, who is in her first trial competition—argued both sides of the case and received an honorable mention for the competition’s best overall advocate through the preliminary rounds.

“We are proud of our students, and the way they represented the program. They worked so hard, never complained, and fought throughout. Their advocacy skills continue to improve. We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said John N. Sharifi, Director of the National Mock Trial Trial.

The Sweet Sixteen begins this Friday, October 23, when Catholic will face Fordham Law School.

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