Wake Forest Law trial teams earn exceptional success in competitions, advance to nationals

Wake Forest Law’s trial teams have been highly successful in the past month, winning major regional competitions and advancing to the national finals of two major trial competitions: the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

In February, Jordan Lee (JD ’16), Amanda Parker (JD ’16) and Maria Nkonge (JD’16) were the winners of the regionals of the TYLA National Trial Competition. They defeated the team from Campbell Law School in the semifinals and went on the defeat the host team, University of South Carolina School of Law, earning praise from the judges for their “flawless” and “magical” advocacy as well as “a level of professionalism which all lawyers could well emulate.” Lee and Catherine Law (JD ’16), a member of the Wake Forest Law team that just missed the cut to advance to the semifinals, were both selected to receive top five Outstanding Advocates awards. Coaches Mark Boynton (JD ’97) and Stephanie Reese (JD ’96) are excited to continue training with these students with an eye toward the TYLA National Competition that will take place from March 29-April 3 in Dallas, Texas.

In March, the two Wake Forest Law teams that went to the regionals of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition both advanced to the finals, leading to the first-ever final round between two Wake Forest Law teams. Joshua Bussen (JD ’16), Mia Falzarano (JD ’17), Carson Smith (JD ’16) and Zabrina Delgado (JD ’16), Wake Forest Law’s first team, won the close final round by winning two judges to one over Wake Forest Law’s second team, consisting of Daniel Galyon (JD ’16), Damon Gray (JD ’16), Ethan White (JD ’17) and Drew Culler (JD ’17). This marks Wake Forest Law’s second year in a row of winning the regional AAJ competition. All students received high praise from the judges, particularly Delgado, who is the first back-to-back champion in Wake Forest Law AAJ team history and the only competitor to have never lost a singe judge in two years of competition. Coaches Matt Breeding (JD ’06) and Katie King (JD ’12) praised the team for their dignity, sincerity and genuine courtesy throughout every round of the competition and look forward to competing with them at the AAJ National Competition from March 31-April 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.