Teams compete in American Association for Justice Trial Team event

Two teams from the Wake Forest School of Law took part in the American Association for Justice Trial Team Regional Competition. The event was held Feb 26-28 in Charlotte.

Kimberly C. Stevens (’92), AAJ team head coach, and co-coach Matthew H. Breeding (’06) said the teams representing Wake Forest were excellent during the competition and, with the help of Marion Groat and Natasha Barone, worked exceptionally hard over the past two months, foregoing their weekends and practicing nearly 20 hours a week since January.

One team included three returning starters — co-captains Dan Kingsley and Cory Reiss, and Randy Ivie — and Sam Metzler. Also representing Wake Forest were returning starter Emile Thompson, Chase Wells, JD Koesters and Jamie Turnage.

Both teams advanced to the third round, where Wells and Turnage helped lead their team over the College of Charleston School of Law and into the final four before falling to the University of Charlotte.

AAJ seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys, its Web site says. The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition. The competition is an opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before members of the bar and the bench.