McGeorge School of Law

Trigger Caps Stellar Career with ABOTA Award

May 22, 2012

Professor Cary Bricker, Michelle Trigger and Professor Jay Leach

Professor Cary Bricker, Michelle Trigger and Professor Jay Leach

Michelle (Wells) Trigger, '12, was named the McGeorge Student Trial Advocate of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) last month.

Trigger was a two-year standout member of the McGeorge Mock Trial Competition team. She and her partner, Tony Danielson, '12, won a berth in the championship finals of the National Trial Competition this spring to punctuate her spectacular law school career in oral advocacy. Recent ABOTA award winners include Nikole McQuillan, '11, David Wiksell, '10, Jeffrey Schaff, '09, Marie Wilson, '08, Rashaan Jones, '07, and Brandon Takahashi, '06.

A Chico State graduate who hails from Lake County, Trigger was a co-winner of the Ben Frantz First-Year Mock Trial Competition in her first year at McGeorge. This spring, she was the director of that same event which prepares new students for intercollegiate competition. Trigger also won the Global Lawyering Skills II Final Four (moot court) as a second-year student while competing on the mock trial team. She graduated this May with distinction and a Certificate in Advocacy.

Her husband, Kenton Trigger, is an Evening Division student who is on course to graduate in 2014. While studying for the bar this summer in Sacramento, Trigger will clerk for a local criminal defense firm. She plans to stay in the area to practice.