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Mock Trial Team Dominates A.B.A. Regional, Advances to National Finals in Dallas

By Nicole Martin ’13
President, Mock Trial Team

Thanks to its successful mock trial students, St. Thomas Law is one of eight law schools advancing to the national finals of the American Bar Association’s annual Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition in Dallas in January 2013. Over 100 law schools around the country competed in this ABA competition. In October 2012, St. Thomas Law entered two teams (four students per team) in the competition’s regional rounds in Miami. The case involved an employee who was terminated based on alleged age discrimination. Battling twelve teams from Florida, Georgia and Texas, both of St. Thomas’s teams performed very well, setting up a final round in which St. Thomas Law faced off against St. Thomas Law! In the finals, Alex Vanicek ‘13, Jessica Klein ‘13, Florence Rubio ‘13 and Nicholas Ferreiro ’13 represented the plaintiff. Representing the defendant were Jeffrey Hagans ‘14, Lindsay Scott ‘14, Andres Fernandez ‘14 and Rachel Walker ‘13. In the end, the plaintiffs proved victorious, and the students will now represent St. Thomas Law and its mock trial program in the national finals in Dallas. The first and second-place teams were coached by adjunct professor Michael Mayer, Esq., ’07, the mock trial team’s faculty advisor, as well as Katya Pisman, Esq. ’07, Lincoln Atten, Esq. ‘11, and Jeff James, Esq. Dean Douglas E. Ray and Professor Stephen A. Plass also assisted with the teams’ preparations, and offered valuable insights. Congratulations to our students and their coaches, and best of luck at the national finals in Dallas!