Stanford Law School Mock Trial

SLS Finishes Second at AAJ Regional Tournament

February 28, 2010

Stanford Law School finished in second place at the AAJ Regional Trial Advocacy Competition in Seattle, WA this weekend.

The program sent two squads to the qualifying tournament, which is organized by the American Association for Justice and featured fourteen teams from West Coast law schools along with two teams from Florida arguing a medical malpractice case.

Team "AAJ 1" -- captain Samantha Bateman (SLS '10), Beth Neitzel (SLS '12), Kevin Papay (SLS '10), and Andrew Prout (SLS '12) -- ended the tournament with a 4-1 record. They were the #1 seed after preliminary round victories against Barry University, UC-Hastings, and Willamette. They then beat McGeorge in the semis before squaring off against out-of-area rival Barry University in the finals. In the closest final round in SLS history, the team lost 2-1, with both losses coming by one point, and an overall tie in point total.

Additionally, Team "AAJ 2" -- Ashley Rogers (SLS '12), Marcos Rosales (SLS '10), Libbey Van Pelt (SLS '11), and Shanai Watson (SLS '11) -- finished in seventh place overall after three hard-fought rounds.

The program would like to thank Todd Theodora for extensively coaching both teams, Santa Clara's mock trial team for helpful pre-tournament scrimmages, local attorney Ron Wecht for judging those scrimmages, and Chidel Onuegbu for her (and SLS's) unflinching support.



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