McGeorge School of Law

Norton Sparkles in NCTC Event

November 27, 2012

David Norton, left, with NCTC teammates Courtney Martin, Hunter Starr, Teal Ericson, and coaches Jason Schaff and Leland Washington.

David Norton, left, with NCTC teammates Courtney Martin, Starr Hunter, Teal Ericson, and coaches Jason Schaff and Leland Washington.

The McGeorge Mock Trial Team wrapped up its fall campaign with a solid performance in the 11th Annual National Civil Trial Competition, which was held Nov. 16-18 in Los Angeles.

Led by David Norton, who received a Best Oral Advocate Preliminary Rounds runner-up award, the team took fifth place against a powerful field at the Loyola Law School-hosted event. Syracuse beat Duquesne for the championship after Stetson and Cumberland fell in the semifinals.

"Courtney Martin, Hunter Starr, Teal Ericson and David, coached by alums Leland Washington and Jason Schaff, won their first two preliminary rounds and tied in judges and points in the third round," said Professor Cary Bricker. "Ties are broken by determining which judges have held their bar cards longer. Only because one of our matches' judges was younger, we didn't advance to the semis. David tied for second-place individual honors out of 64 competitors."

Earlier in the fall season, Oct. 27-28 in New York City, Denize Kia and Amanda Iler turned in a noteworthy performance in the Fordham Law School's Kelly Invitational. In a competition where advocates try both sides of the case, they won all five judges in one round and in the second round missed advancing to the semifinals by one point. Keith Hill, '96, and Thien Ho, '98, coached the "iron ladies" in the 16-team tournament won by Drexel.

Rebecca Hause and Vanessa Hunter represented McGeorge in the oral advocacy section of the Fifth Annual Stetson Pretrial Competition, held Oct. 11-14 in Gulfport, Florida. Baylor emerged victorious in that 20-team event. Claire Calvert, Danny Jensen, Alex Kian and Jessica McCall represented the law school at the CACJ National Criminal Trial Advocacy, held Oct. 11-14 in San Francisco, which was won by Florida State. Andrea Morris, Greg Porter, Jake Weaver and Tiffany Wynn represented McGeorge at the 9th Annual Buffalo Niagara tournament, held Nov. 8-11 in Buffalo, New York, and won by Northwestern.

The mock trial season continues in the spring several other national events, including regional competition in the prestigious National Trial Competition sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.