Congratulations to everyone who participated in and helped out with the Fall AAJ Mock Trial Competition!
The competition consisted of sixteen individual trials, two two-person teams per trial, and ran from October 6th through the 14th. This years competitors consisted of nine first-year teams (18 students), six second-year teams (12 students), and one third-year team (2 students), and one fourth-year ED team (also 2 students).
The trial problem was written by AAJ Competition Chairmen, Michael Mazur and Dave Wenger. It revolved around a domestic dispute gone terribly awry, ending in an attempted murder of the husband by the wife. However, the he-said-she-said testimony gave rise to a self-defense claim validated by a psychiatrist who testified to the wife having suffered from battered-woman sybdrome. The problem was themed after the movie Dazed and Confused, featuring many of the main characters as parties and obviously, the attempted murder occurred no where else but the infamous moon tower.
To judge the trials, AAJ brought in a number of Widener Law alumni judges and attorneys from the area to both score the trials and give feedback to the competitors. Not enough can be said about the willingness of Widener alums to come participate in such events, many thanks needs to go out to all of them. Also, Widener was selected as the host for the spring regional AAJ mock trial competition.
Here is a list of this year’s award recipients.
Upper Class Awards:
Best overall advocate: James Lewis
Best opening: Traci Cosby
Best closing: Michael McNeil
Best direct: James D. Doyle
Best cross: Brian Legum
Best overall team: James Lewis & Michael McNeil
Best use of evidence: Dean Wolff
Best overall advocate: Clint Orem
Best opening: Daniel Dolente
Best closing: Dominic Carrera
Best direct: Scott Frame
Best cross: Erie Coney, Jr.
Best overall team: Vijaysen Yellareddigari & Roberto Rosales
Best use of evidence: Nicholas Patullo