November 18, 2009
A McGeorge team turned in a strong performance in the prestigious Loyola Los Angeles 8th Annual National Civil Trial Competition, held November 12-14, 2009.
Kim Bowman, '11, Chris Chin, '10, Lauren Layne, '10 and David Wiksell, '10, battled their way into the semi-finals of the invitation-only tournament before falling to the University of Houston. Tim Balcom, '97, coached the local team. Stetson University, which had taken the measure of Georgetown in the semis, won the championship.
The three-day tournament began with early elimination rounds held inside courtrooms at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, in Los Angeles. Each school sent a four-member team, with students required to argue both sides of a hypothetical civil suit with its facts based on a real-life case in which a law school student sued his law school for misrepresenting its accreditation status. The semi-final and final rounds were argued at Loyola's Albert H. Girardi Advocacy Center. An awards banquet on Saturday night held at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza completed the weekend's activities.
The 16-team field featured teams from many of the top-ranked advocacy programs in the country. Other schools that competed in the event included: Cumberland, Loyola Chicago, University of Maryland, South Texas, Suffolk University, St. John's, Syracuse, University of Akron, Alabama, University of Buffalo, California Western, and the host, Loyola Los Angeles.
The National Civil Trial Competition is sponsored by the prominent Santa Monica personal injury law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler.