1L Trial Team wins 2018 Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Competition second year in a row

Graphi image of Kilpatrick Townsend logoFor the second year in a row, members of Wake Forest School of Law’s 1L Trial Team — Melissa Malone, Scott Harvey, Rachel Boyd, KC Ohanu and Agustin Martinez — beat out all the other teams from North Carolina law schools to win the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)’s 2018 Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition held Jan. 19-21, 2018.

Malone also won the award for Best Advocate.

“As you can imagine, we are extremely happy that we were able to beat out some very tough competition from all the law schools in North Carolina,” Martinez wrote in an email. ” It was truly a team effort.”

Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Law Simone Rose praised the team members on their accomplishment saying, “Congratulations everyone — Go Wake!”

According to the UNC Law website, the competition is named for its sponsors, Kilpatrick Townsend, and held each January at the University of North Carolina School of Law for first-year students from UNC and other North Carolina law schools, and is organized by the Broun National Trial Team.

Kilpatrick offers a unique chance for first-year law students to gain first-hand trial advocacy experience in a friendly, open setting. Though inherently competitive, the competition is deigned to be an accessible, low-stress learning opportunity for any student interested in litigation, regardless of their experience level. Accordingly, the competition focuses on development of trial skills rather than knowledge of the law.

“It is an opportunity for 1Ls to try a full case and grow as trial advocates,” writes Anna-Bryce Flowe (JD ’18), president of the Wake Forest Trial Bar and captain, of the AAJ Trial Team. “This is the second year in a row that a Wake Forest team has won this competition!  Congratulations to all!”