McGeorge School of Law

Three Share Ben Frantz Honors in First-Year Mock Trial Competition

February 7, 2019

The Ben Frantz winners Richanne Roope, Yuliy Tsymbal and Cheyanne Martin with professor emeritus Jay Leach and professor Cary Bricker.

The Ben Frantz winners Richanne Roope, Yuliy Tsymbal and Cheyanne Martin with Professor Emeritus Jay Leach and Professor Cary Bricker.

First-year students Cheyanne Martin, Richanne Roope and Yuliy Tsymbal emerged victorious in the Annual Benjamin Frantz First-Year Mock Trial Competition, which was held on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Ben Frantz First-Year Mock Trial is named after the late Professor Ben Frantz, whose generous gift endowed and initiated the annual event in 1996. Open to all first-year students, it draws a large group of contestants each year, and three winners are chosen from the finalists. This year more than 70 students signed up and 24 advanced to the final round.

Martin graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a bachelor's in political science and a minor in sociology. Roope earned a bachelor’s in music/piano performance from Brigham Young University. Tsymbal is a UC Davis graduate with a bachelor's degree in managerial economics and a minor in political science.

Additional awards for this year's competition included:

  • Best Opening Statement — Vanessa Washington
  • Best Closing Argument — Joshua White
  • Best Direct Examination  Christy Grellas
  • Best Cross Examination  Aaron Cadiz
  • Most Professional  Duke Cooney

Uri Grant '19 coordinated the competition, which has become a major launching point for McGeorge's nationally recognized Mock Trial Competition Team. Current Competition Team members led workshops on various aspects of trial advocacy on Jan. 11, and preliminary rounds of the Competition were held on Jan. 18 through Jan. 20.

Professor Cary Bricker directs the McGeorge Trial Advocacy program. Professor Emeritus Jay Leach is the director of the Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration.