McGeorge School of Law

Mock Trial team opens season with fifth-place finish in CACJ

October 23, 2013

National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition (CACJ) Team

National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition (CACJ) Team, from left, Jeff Schaff, '10, Andrea Morris, Tiffany Wynn, Dayla Swartz, James Bradford

A McGeorge team finished fifth out of 24 law schools at the California Association for Criminal Justice's National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, which was held Oct. 17-20, 2013, in San Francisco.

The team of Andrea Morris, James Bradford, Dayla Swartz and Tiffany Wynn argued three times in the event's preliminary rounds. The foursome posted decisive victories over Charlotte School of Law and Massachusetts School of Law before dropping a split-decision to Cal Western. McGeorge took fifth place by virtue of compiling the most judges' points among non-semifinalists. Co-coaches Alan Donato, '09, and Jeff Schaff, '10, coached the team and had high praise for their charges.

"We did very well, and Andrea did a good job arguing both sides of the problem," Donato said. "Our team impressed the judges and probably earned a few future job interviews in the process."

Northwestern won the national title, defeating Golden Gate in the championship round in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. In addition to nine California law school teams, the strong field included entries from defending champion Florida State, Fordham, St. Louis, and Wisconsin.

McGeorge will compete in two more major tournaments the second weekend of November, the National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles and the Buffalo-Niagara Competition in Buffalo, New York.