February 19, 2013
Amanda Iler, '14, became the inaugural winner of the American Board of Trial Advocates' Joe Ramsey Award as its Trial Advocacy Student of the Year when she was honored at the Sacramento Valley ABOTA Chapter's annual dinner on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Del Paso Country Club.
Iler, a second-year star on the McGeorge Mock Trial Team, beat out a UC Davis nominee for the award. Ramsey, a prominent local attorney who died of cancer at age 75 last year, was an extraordinary courtroom attorney who mentored scores of young attorneys and law students in the Sacramento legal community over the years.
Despite not having even taken the law school's Trial Ad course, Iler turned in a noteworthy performance in the Fordham Law School's Kelly Invitational in October 2012. She and her partner, Denize Kia, '13, tried both sides of a case in the "ironman" event, winning all five judges in one round and losing by a single point in the second round.
Iler has also been involved in out-of-the-classroom activities at McGeorge. In her first year, she volunteered with the One Justice Bus Project, a road trip that provided legal advice to rural clients at a foreclosure clinic. Over the summer, she worked with Professor Michael Vitiello to design and implement a comparative law course on the Amanda Knox trial taught at the law school's program in Salzburg, Austria.
The Sacramento Valley ABOTA Chapter, one of the largest in the country, includes many of McGeorge's most distinguished alumni trial attorneys. Its board members include: Ernest Long, '83, president, and immediate past president Walter Loving, '83, who presented the award to Iler.