McGeorge School of Law

TYLA Team Does It Again

February 2, 2009

Alan Donato, left, and Jeff Schaff

Alan Donato, left, and Jeff Schaff

McGeorge will be sending a team to the national finals of the most prestigious mock trial event in the country for the second year in a row and third time in the last four years.

Jeff Schaff, ’09, and Alan Donato, ’09, advanced to next month’s Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition championship with a final-round victory over UC Davis at the TYLA Northern California Regional on February 21 in San Francisco. A Stanford team also emerged from the four-team finals, but only after slipping past the second McGeorge entry — Meredith Cammisa, ’09, Robert Rice, ’10, and Sally Noma, ’09.

“Considering the strength of the field, getting two teams into the finals was an outstanding performance,” Professor Cary Bricker said. “The students worked hard and their coaches deserve great credit.” Meghan Baker, ’05, and Jason Schaff, ’06, coached the winning team while Leland Washington, ’01, and Brandon Takahashi, ’06, coached the other finalists.

Schaff and Donato will represent the school at the 28-team national championship scheduled March 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas. It will be Schaff’s second trip to the Texas tournament. He and Bret Wasley, ’08, advanced to the championships a year ago. Schaff’s older brother, Jason, and Takahashi made it to the quarterfinals of the event three years ago.

The national finals are judged by members of the American College of Trial Lawyers.