McGeorge School of Law

All-McGeorge Mock Trial Event Preps Team for Regionals

February 15, 2016

Kitty Tetrault

Winning member team Kitty Tetrault.

On Feb. 7, 2016, four teams, two consisting of Mock Trial team members and two made up of high performing fall Trial Advocacy students, battled in the courtroom and in S-4/S-5 for a campus victory. Trial team stars Kathryne Baldwin and Kitty Tetrault emerged as the winners.

One of the traditions of McGeorge's nationally recognized Trial Advocacy program is the All-McGeorge Mock Trial Competition. The event, held annually early in the spring semester since 1997, pits the school's mock trial competition team against talented students who excelled in the classroom.

Sixteen student volunteers played the witness roles, and seasoned trial lawyers and judges scored the teams. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Roman was among the 11 volunteers who served as judges on Sunday. The two Mock Trial teams consisted of Kathryne Baldwin and Kitty Tetrault on one, and Ryan Roebuck and Nia Traylor on the other, coached by Keith Hill, '96, and Thien Ho, '98. The Honors team members were: Rosie Deck, Megan Wingo, Hannah Fuetsch and Daniel Pickolick, coached by Rebecca Hause-Shultz, '13, and Zachary Shultz.

During the day-long competition where Mock Trial team members were plaintiff's counsel in the morning and defense counsel in the afternoon, they sharpened their advocacy skills in preparation for the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition regionals, set this year for Feb. 19 to 21 at University of Washington.

"I remember the first year we had the All-McGeorge event," Professor Emeritus Joe Taylor recently recalled. "Joey Low,'97, and Christina Womack,'98, both of whom became extremely successful trial lawyers, comprised the TYLA team. When the Honors Team beat them, they changed their strategy, won the regional completion and distinguished themselves in the Nationals."

Professor Cary Bricker, who has run the All McGeorge Competition the last several years, said that this tradition of excellence at the intra-school competition continues each year, resulting in the school advancing to the Nationals in nine out of the last 11 years.

U.S. News & World Report recognized the McGeorge Trial Advocacy program as No. 10 among the leading programs in the nation in its 2016 Best Graduate Schools guide. In the spring 2016 issue of its PreLaw magazine, The National Jurist will honor McGeorge School of Law among the Top 25 in its annual honor roll of best schools for practical training.