McGeorge School of Law

Trigger, Danielson Advance To NTC Finals

February 14, 2012

2012 NTC Teams

2012 NTC Teams: From left, Coach Tim Balcom, '97, with Hunter Starr, '13, Shani Roark, '12, Tony Danielson, '12, and Michelle Trigger, '12

A McGeorge team won a trip to the national championship finals of the 37th Annual National Trial Competition with a stellar performance in the NTC Region 13 tournament held Feb. 9-11 in San Francisco.

Michelle Trigger, '12, and Tony Danielson, '12, defeated UC Hastings in a regional final-round match to advance to the 28-team national finals, which are scheduled March 21-24 in Austin, Texas. A UC Berkeley team also advanced from the 16-team regional that included teams from Stanford, UC Davis, Santa Clara, USF and Golden Gate.

Tim Balcom, '97, and David Wiksell, '10, coached the victorious team and another McGeorge entry, Shani Roark, '12 and Hunter Starr, '13, which advanced to the regional semifinals before falling.

McGeorge mock trial teams have strung together an impressive record in recent years in the NTC, which is sponsored annually by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. McGeorge has sent a team to the national championship round in five of the last seven years. A year ago, one of the school's teams narrowly missed out on a trip to Texas in a regional that was co-hosted in Sacramento by McGeorge and UC Davis. Northwestern University is the defending national champion of the event, which attracts 300 entries each year.