USD School of Law National Trial Team Shines at Virtual Mock Trial Competitions

National Trial Team Shines at Virtual Mock Trial Competitions

USD School of Law National Trial Team on ZoomThe second place USD School of Law National Trial Team competing on Zoom.

SAN DIEGO (November 10, 2020) – The National Trial Team from the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law finished with a strong second place in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Competition on October 16-18. It was the team’s first appearance at the competition.

The virtual event welcomed teams from law schools across the country. The mock trial competition rated student advocacy skills over the course of five rounds. USD School of Law students Lauren Wade (2L), Katie Mefford (2L), Ellen Atkinson (2L), and Evan Andersen (2L) were undefeated in the early rounds of competition, taking down teams from a number of schools known for their trial advocacy programs. After moving on to the final round, the USD trial team took second place with only one point of separation from their final opponent.

Students also made an appearance in the All Star Bracket Challenge for the South Region. Tatiana Nicola (3L), Courtney Zuniga (2L), John McCallie (3L), and Greg Sylvester (2L) demonstrated their skills and abilities, with Nicola recognized as an Outstanding Advocate for the exceptional skill she displayed during the competition.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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