June 2, 2010
David Wiksell, '10, has been named the McGeorge Student Trial Advocate of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Wiksell will have his name inscribed on a perpetual trophy that rests in the crowded trophy case in the law school courtroom's foyer. Recent ABOTA award winners include Jeffrey Schaff, '09, Marie Wilson, '08, Rashaan Jones, '07, and Brandon Takahashi, '06.
Wiksell graduated with great distinction, Order of the Coif honors and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the Day Division at the May commencement ceremony. Other accomplishments include election to the national Order of Barristers, the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society and publication of two articles in the McGeorge Law Review.
A two-year mainstay of the law school's nationally ranked Mock Trial Competition Team, Wiksell was part of a foursome that won the Most Professional Team Award in the 2009 National Ethics Trial Competition. Last fall, he and teammate Chris Chin,'10, made the semi-finals of the National Civil Trial Competition, the farthest that McGeorge has ever advanced in that tournament. This spring, Chin and Wiksell won a National Trial Competition regional and represented the law school at the national championship in Texas.
Wiksell is currently studying for the bar in Sacramento. After taking the July examination, he plans to return to southern California. His father, Willard, and his brother, Kenneth, are attorneys in Ventura.
"I really enjoyed my experience at McGeorge," said Wiksell. "I am very proud that McGeorge is getting national recognition for its outstanding trial advocacy program as evidenced by the No. 5 national ranking in the recent U.S. News &World Report Trial Advocacy rankings."