February 1, 2010
A McGeorge team won a regional event in the National Trial Competition for the third year in a row and advanced to the championship finals of the prestigious tournament for the fourth time in five years.
David Wiksell, '10, and Chris Chin, '10, defeated a UC Hastings team in a final-round match in the February 13-14 competition at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto. They will move on to the national finals hosted by the Texas Young Lawyers Association from March 24-27, 2010, in Dallas, Texas.
The team, coached by Roseville attorney Tim Balcom, '97, beat another Hastings entry and a UC Berkeley team to reach the semifinals where they swept past UC Davis. In the other final-round match, Stanford defeated UC Berkeley to secure the second berth from the regional in the national finals. Matt Taylor, '11, and Ray Thomas, '10, also represented McGeorge, but did not advance. Fourteen teams from seven top-tier law schools competed in the regional, one of 14 around the country.
"This is great news for our program," said Professor Cary Bricker, the McGeorge Mock Trial Team coordinator. "We've had some impressive performances by our teams in this tournament in recent years."
"David and Chris are a strong team, and I can't say enough about Tim Balcom who really throws himself into the coaching role every year," added Professor Joe Taylor.
Often referred to as the TYLA tournament because of its sponsoring organization, NTC is one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the United States. Every ABA-accredited law school in the country is invited to compete in the annual event, which attracts more than 300 teams each year. Baylor is the defending champion of the NTC, which is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers.