Wake Forest again places two teams in Final Four of AAJ Trial Team Regional Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake Forest Law AAJ Trial Team competed March 20-23 in the regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

The students on the team tried a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff was the family of the deceased, a 75-year-old woman who died from multiple complications following a gallbladder surgery, and the defendant was the operating surgeon.

Wake Forest placed two teams in the competition this year. The first team was comprised of Sean Baetjer, Erin Blackwell, Matt Meyers, and Pat Wallace, and the second team consisted of Josh Adams, Matt Cumper, Destin Hall, and Jasmine Kelly. Both teams were successful, and placed into the Final Four competition.

In the first semifinal round, Baetjer and Blackwell competed against Charlotte School of Law and represented the Plaintiff.  In the end, Charlotte School of Law won the round by a very narrow margin, according to the team’s coaches Matt Breeding (’06) and Kim Stevens (’92), who were assisted by Katie King (’12)

In the other semifinal round, Hall and Kelly competed against Campbell School of Law and represented the Defendant. Both advocates conducted clear and concise direct examinations, the coaches said. Kelly flawlessly cross-examined and eviscerated the Defendant, exhibiting absolute control of the courtroom. Hall gave a compelling closing argument that cleanly wove together three hours of complex evidence. In a split decision, however, the panel of judges awarded the round to Campbell.

“Please join us in recognizing and applauding the performance of the students this weekend and the months of work that they spent preparing,” Breeding said. “All eight students represented Wake Forest with intellect, poise, and professionalism.”