McGeorge School of Law

McQuillan Named Trial Advocate Of The Year

May 11, 2011

Nikole McQuillan, Cary Bricker, Joe Taylor, Jay Leach

ABOTA winner Nikole McQuillan with Professors Cary Bricker, Joe Taylor and Jay Leach.

Nikole McQuillan, '11, received the McGeorge Student Trial Advocate of the Year given by the American Board of Trial Advocates on April 28, 2011.

The award, which goes to one student at every ABA law school, marks McQuillan as the MVP of this year's McGeorge mock trial competition team. She and Diane Coderniz reached the finals of the National Trial Competition Pacific regional in February before falling to Stanford by a single point. McQuillan will have her name inscribed on the school's perpetual trophy that includes the names of previous winners. David Wiksell, '10, won the award last year.

McQuillan was a courtroom star even before coming to McGeorge. At Fresno State, where she earned a degree in criminology, she won the Outstanding Attorney Award at a 2007 American Mock Trial Association regional competition.

The ABOTA award adds to McQuillan's list of achievements at McGeorge. Earlier this spring, she received the ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award as the Day Division senior who best exemplifies a combination of scholarship and leadership. She was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, one of 15 McGeorge students so honored this year. A two-time member of the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, she is also a candidate for Order of the Coif honors and The Order of Barristers.

McQuillan will take the State Bar of California's examination this summer and has accepted a job offer from one of Fresno's largest law firms.