Our firm was proud to partner with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Loyola Law School to present the 19th annual National Civil Trial Competition, which took place November 13th to 14th. As reported by the Daily Journal, 16 teams composed of law students from different universities throughout the country participated in this mock trial tournament.
This year, the mock trial competition took place virtually to adhere to public health safety regulations amid the COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, pandemic. Southern California bar members served as judges while student teams fought a battle of the wits to uncover the true negligent party of a wrongful death case concerning the untimely demise of a skilled actor and stunt person who was fatally injured on the set of a TV show.
A total of 64 law student litigants participated in teams of four, with some acting as advocates and witnesses to perform opening and closing statements. They conducted the direct- and cross-examinations of witnesses and argued evidence-based objections aligned with the Federal Rules of Evidence.
“These students did an amazing job arguing this complex wrongful death case,” said Attorney Geoffrey S. Wells, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP partner. “These young litigants are learning how to adjust their trial skills and adapt to new ways of trying cases in the era of COVID-19.”
The winner of the national mock trial tournament was a team from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Second place went to a team from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Our legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP congratulates these students on their well-deserved wins and all other student teams for participating in a hard-fought legal competition.
Based in Santa Monica, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP is an award-winning firm, home to a team of acclaimed attorneys who have helped countless clients in catastrophic and fatal injury cases concerning pharmaceutical drug liability, motor vehicle accidents, product defects, and the like. We are also seasoned in handling employment law cases and business litigation, among other areas of practice.
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