November 13, 2018
McGeorge School of Law’s Mock Trial team of Allison Wieder, Chelsea Givens, Simone Leighty and Adriana Garcia won the 17th-annual National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC), held Nov. 9 to 11, 2018. Second-year law student Leighty also won the Best Advocate award in both the preliminary and final rounds of the tournament. The team won five consecutive rounds with 18 out of 20 scoring judges awarding them the “win” votes over the three days of competition.
18 teams representing some of the best Mock Trial programs in the country were invited to participate in the NCTC. The three-day competition was held at the Santa Monica Courthouse and Loyola Law School.
In the final round, Leighty and Garcia, also a second-year student, faced Stetson University College of Law and emerged victorious. The McGeorge team was coached by alumni Keith Hill, '96 and Thien Ho, '98. Professor Cary Bricker directs the McGeorge Mock Trial program.
The competition involved 72 law student litigants representing their schools on teams of four. The subject of this year’s civil case involves a college student who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia who, without provocation, violently attacked a classmate on campus. The students acted as advocates/witnesses to perform opening statements, conduct direct- and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses, make closing arguments and argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each team argued their case in front of a panel of judges consisting of prestigious members of the Southern California bar.
“I was blown away by the students’ high-level litigation skills and determination,” said Mark Quigley, a partner at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP and a member of the judges’ panel. “We’re honored to have played a role in this exciting and dynamic competition.”