May 1, 2014
Andrew Crouse and Amanda Kelly walked off with top honors in 6th Annual 1L Moot Court Competition. Crouse won best oralist in the final round of the event, which was held April 9, 2014. Kelly was honored with the best brief award. Fifteen students participated in the competition. Moot Court Honors Board chair Michael Heumann and other board members directed the brief solicitation in March and the preliminary oral rounds in early April.
The 19th Annual Benjamin Frantz First Year Mock Trial Competition was held in March 2014. The three winners, Michael Battaglia, Amanda Kelly and Kitty Tetrault, emerged from a group of 30 new students who participated in the event.
Additional awards for this year's competition included: Best Courtroom Decorum: Katheryne Heath; Best Opening Statement: Battaglia; Best Direct Examination: Riha Pathak; Best Cross Examination: Pretti Grewal; and Best Closing Argument: Tetrault.
Teal Ericson, '14, coordinated the competition, which has become a major launching pad for members of McGeorge's nationally recognized Mock Trial Competition Team. Past winners active on the law school's current team include Ericson, James Bradford, Selena Farnesi, Amanda Massimini, and Jake Weaver. Current team members led workshops on various aspects of trial advocacy leading up to the Frantz event.