Posted: February 4th, 2015 | By: Juliet Beckstrand
Wake Forest Law’s National Trial Team won the Regional Trial Competition which took place in Charleston, S.C. The team moves on to Houston, Texas, to compete in the national competition in March, where they will face teams from across the country.
The team traveling to nationals consists of two squads, comprised of eight students. Kim Sokolich (’15) and Mario Ramsey (’15) are team captains. Ramsey’s squad includes Jordan Lee (’16) and Christine York (’15), and Sokolich’s squad includes Jeff Willison (’15) and Katie Law (’16. Amanda Parker (’16) and Steven Franklin (’16) serve this year as alternates who participate in practice and stand ready to compete.
Two trial teams go on to nationals from each region. In the region of the team this year, 13 schools sent a total of 26 teams. After three rounds, the cut was made to eight teams. Both of our squads made the cut and were seeded in the top four, each squad swept all three preliminary rounds and each team took eight of nine possible ballots.
According to the NTC, “The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.”
This year’s National Trial Competition will take place in Houston, Texas, from March 11-15. More information about the National Trial Competition can be found on their website.