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Comerford & Britt National Trial Team moves on to National Trial Competition

National Trial Team Regional Winners Andi Dorfman ('12) and Matthew McClellan ('12) pose with Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton; Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Phyllis B. Gardner; and Memphis insurance defense attorney Jeff Nicoso after the Region V competition in Memphis, Tenn.

National Trial Team Regional Winners Andi Dorfman ('12) and Matthew McClellan ('12) pose with Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton; Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Phyllis B. Gardner; and Memphis insurance defense attorney Jeff Nicoso after the Region V competition in Memphis, Tenn.

The Comerford & Britt National Trial Team of Andi Dorfman (’12), Morgan McCall (’13) and Matthew McClellan (’12)  will move on to the final round of the National Trial Competition after winning the regional round held in Memphis, Tenn., over the weekend of Feb. 18-19, 2012.

The University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law hosted law schools from across the region in the 37th National Trial Competition, pitting future law professionals against each other in mock trials. Participating in the competition, which was established by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, were 32 teams from Duke University, the University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, along with more than two dozen other schools.

Wake Forest entered two team of three competitors in the regional round as Brad Knott (’12), Leslie Cockrell (’12) and Sarah Hayward (’12) also competed. Dorfman, McCall and McClellan will attend the national competition in Austin, Texas, on March 21.

Mark Boynton (’97) is the assistant coach and Stephanie Reese (’96) is the head coach. 

“Our squad comprised of Captain Matt McClellan, Andi Dorfman and Morgan McCall  swept all judges in all rounds and defeated the home team of University of Memphis in their final trial,” Boynton said.  “Our second squad comprised of Captain Sarah Hayward, Leslie Cockrell  and Brad Knott missed the cut by half a point! They lost only one judge in their first three rounds.  Unfortunately, the host did not have enough judges on day two resulting in some two-judge rounds. The two scores had to be averaged which gave rise to the half point deficit.  John Forneris (’13), Kevin Harrison (’13) and Shay Miller (’13) supported the team as alternates and, we expect, will lead the team next year.”
 
Boynton continued: ”Stephanie and I are very proud of this outstanding group of students who have dedicated hundreds of hours to this effort.  Once again, they have represented our law school and our community with superior talent, skill and professionalism.
 
“We are deeply grateful to the law school and particularly to the deans for the continued support of this program.  We especially want thank the firm of Comerford & Britt, LLP, who have generously supported our programs and this team in particular.”