Stanford Law School Mock Trial

Stanford Mock Trial Finishes in Second Place at the 2010 TYLA National Trial Competition

March 2010


TYLA tournament competitors National Trial Competition teammates Samantha Bateman, Rakesh Kilaru, and Rachel Juarez smile after winning their semifinal matchup.

It was truly a historic finish for SLSMT at the 2010 TYLA National Trial Competition in Dallas, TX. Samantha Bateman ('10), Rachel Juarez ('10), and Rakesh Kilaru ('10) took 2nd place overall, losing narrowly in the championship final round. The program beat out more than 300 other teams from around the country to achieve Stanfordís best ever finish at a national mock trial competition as well as the best finish for a student-run program at the tournament.

The National Trial Competition is hosted annually by the Texas Young Lawyers' Association and judged by Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This year, Sam, Rachel, and Rakesh tried the fictional medical malpractice case of Cori Canas v. Jody Hammer. Canas alleged that Dr. Hammer caused her husband's death by failing to warn him about the dangerous interactions between two drugs he was taking; Hammer claimed that he did not know that the victim was taking both drugs and that another man was responsible for the victim's death.

At the tournament, the SLS squad faced a grueling and historically difficult schedule. In the preliminary rounds, they defeated Villanova University, three-time NTC champions Chicago-Kent, and two-time NTC champions Loyola-Los Angeles. Chicago-Kent and Loyola-LA had won four of the last five NTC titles. SLS then beat Duquesne in the quarterfinals and three-time NTC champions Northwestern in the semifinals before narrowly losing to four-time NTC champions Stetson College of Law in the finals.

In addition to the team's strong finish, the American College of Trial Lawyers selected Rakesh Kilaru as the winner of the George A. Spiegelberg Award for the best oral advocate in the tournament. Along with Samantha Bateman and Rachel Juarez, Rakesh will graduate from SLS in June.

Thanks to all the students that helped the team prepare for nationals these past few weeks, and especially to Todd Theodora for extensive coaching, guidance, and friendship. Ed Piper and Joshua Jones also provided invaluable support and advice.

Stanford's performance marks the law school's best-ever finish at a national mock trial tournament. The program's success would not have been possible without the support of Cathy Glaze, Tim Hallahan, Chidel Onuegbu, and Jane Schacter.