McGeorge School of Law

Trial Team Runner-up In Strong San Francisco Field

November 11, 2011

The 2011 CACJ Runner-up team

The 2011 CACJ Runner-up team: From left, Coaches Bret Wasley and Alan Donato with Stephanie Aarseth, Claire Calvert, Caitlin Smith and Clayton McCarl

The McGeorge Mock Trial Team opened its season in impressive fashion on two fronts in early November while the Moot Court took a writing award in another competition.

The team of Stephanie Aarseth, '12, Claire Calvert, '13, Clayton McCarl, '12, and Caitlin Smith, '12, lost in the championship round to Southwestern Law School in the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Competition National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition (November 3-5) in San Francisco. The local entry beat out 22 other teams, including Stanford, Hastings, UCLA and nationally-ranked mock trial teams from Stetson and Brooklyn, to get to the finals. Coaches Alan Donato, '09, and Bret Wasley, '08, were justifiably proud of their team's performance.

Derek Hoffman, '12, Rebecca Kelly, '13, Courtney Martin, '13, and David Norton, '13, comprised a rookie team that made it to the quarterfinal round of the Buffalo-Niagara Criminal Trial Competition (November 4-6). Martin received an award for the Best Opening statement in a competition consisting of 32 teams from around the country. Keith Hill, '96, and Thien Ho, '98, coached the foursome, each of whom was making his or her intercollegiate mock trial debut.

The Pacific Moot Court Team was also busy over that weekend. Third-year students Casey Anderson, '12, and Brittany Griffith, '12, advanced to the quarterfinal round of the San Diego Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (November 3-5). More impressively, they took the award for the second best brief in the competition. Erin Chan-Adams, '12, and Hema Patel,'12, also represented the law school admirably. Professor Ed Telfeyan,'75, who directs the moot court program, coached the team assisted by Gil Vega, '09, and 4E Jill Larrabee.