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UGA law school wins national mock trial tournament

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(From left) Christopher D. "Chris" Stokes

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the Sixth Annual South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, an invitation only national advocacy tournament.

Third-year law students Jacob S. “Jake” Edwards and Christopher D. “Chris” Stokes argued the case, and second-year law students Oliver R. Ladd and Lauren E. Lutton served as witnesses. Third-year student Andrew Z.R. Smith served as student coach.

In addition to being undefeated throughout the competition, the group was presented with the Outstanding Trial Brief Award, and Stokes was named the Most Professional Advocate.

Georgia Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey praised the team for its efforts. “It is great to win this national mock trial tournament,” she said. “We faced law school teams from the states of Alabama, California, Florida, North Carolina, South Dakota and Texas as well as Washington, D.C. I am also grateful to current Georgia Law faculty member and former advocacy student J. Robert ‘Rob’ McNiff and Georgia Law graduates Michael T. ‘Mike’ Rafi, Margaret E. ‘Maggy’ Randels, Adam J. Fitzsimmons, David B. Dove and Eric L. Roden for their help in readying our students for competition. At the end of the day, it is all about preparing our students to be successful, and it is tremendous to have so many graduates and former advocacy program participants investing in the next generation of legal advocates.”

The last time Georgia Law won this tournament was in 2014.

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