BLSA mock trial team advances to national competition March 6-10

The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association mock trial team has advanced to the national competition rounds of the Frederick Douglass Mock Trial Competition.

The team is made up of Captain Denise Acron (’14), Justin Lea (’14), Mariel Mota (’14) and Everett Bryant (’14). Coached by Sonny Haynes of Womble Caryle, the team competed against 20 others in regional competition for the right to compete in the national competition rounds March 6-10 in Atlanta, Ga.

During the competition, the team received praise from the judges about their preparation and the complexity of the team’s arguments.  Mota convinced judges to dismiss federal 1983 claims because of her arguments. Bryant presented effective medical evidence that the judges commented was so thorough he should pursue a career in medicine. Acron and Lea received high scores for their evidentiary knowledge and objections. One judge commented that the pair objected so effectively with rules of evidence that it was like a “barrage of rules that the defense could not handle.” In the final round, one judge gave the team a perfect score of 100.

“Our team was not only successful because of our dedication, of our wonderful coach Sonny Haynes, but because we were a team in every sense,” Acron said.  “We helped each other, supported one another, gave constructive feedback to make one another better, and carried equal amount of weight on the team.  We are confident we will do well at nationals and hopefully will bring back a win for Wake Forest.”