National Trial Competition – Region 7

WFU School of Law will host the Region 7 portion of the 2005 National Trial Competition on February 3, 4, and 5.  Competing schools will come from North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. There will be four rounds of trials.  For EACH trial we need 3 attorneys to serve as judges, one person to be a bailiff, and 4 witnesses.

The case is "State of Lone Star v. Alan Blizard."  Mr. Blizard has been charged with the premeditated murder of Adam Thomas McKenzie and the second degree grand theft of Joe Kubinsky’s van.  McKenzie’s body was found in a dumpster.  He had a gunshot wound to the head.  His autopsy revealed traces of arsenic, though it was not the cause of death.  He had allegedly been having an affair (one of many) and his wife had left him.  The plot thickens from there. . . . (This is probably more than you wanted to know.)

As stated, we need attorney/judges and bailiffs.  We also need folks to play the roles of Detective Morgan Richardson, Joe Kubinsky (whose wife was having an affair with McKenzie), defendant Alan Blizard, and Blizard’s employee Casey Snyder.

However you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.  People who want to volunteer can just contact Linda Taylor at 758-5719 or her e-address is taylorlj@law.wfu.edu.  We’ll need your name, phone number, e-address and mailing address so that we can send appropriate materials in advance of the competition.

The competition schedule is set out below.  It will be held in the Worrell Professional Building on the Wake Forest University campus.  It is the first building on the right if you enter WFU off University Parkway.  We will serve a light meal before each round.

Thursday, February 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (preliminary rounds)

Friday, February 4th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (preliminary rounds)

Saturday, February 5th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon (semi-final rounds)

Saturday, February 5th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (finals)

Thank you for any help you can give us.