2006 Mock Trial Competition Underway

Lexington, VA Friday, November 03, 2006

Mock Trial, the third competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, is now underway. The competition began on Sunday, October 29, 2006 and will conclude on November 10, 2006. The administrators for this year's competition are third-year students Sarah Floyd and Diana Grimes.

The Washington and Lee University Mock Trial Competition provides students the opportunity to plan litigation strategies, practice litigation techniques, prepare witnesses, and conduct a complete trial. Each competitor conducts one direct and one cross-examination and presents either an opening statement or closing argument. The competitors are also responsible for making and responding to objections while witnesses testify and presenting oral motions in limine before trial.
The mock trial competition is open to all second- and third-year students except the members of the Moot Court Executive Board.  The first round of trials will be judged by mock trial administrators, Sarah Floyd and Diana Grimes.  The semi-final round will be judged by distinguished Washington and Lee professors Speedy Rice, Judy Clarke, and Beth Belmont.  The final round will be judged by the Honorable James C. Turk, Senior District Judge, Western District of Virginia.

The case in this year's competition involves a drug bust in a reverse sting operation, where a former drug dealer/police informant approaches a friend of the defendant about purchasing a large amount of cocaine. The friend acts as a liaison between the dealer/undercover police and the defendant, but the defendant now claims she believed that she was purchasing diamonds and had no knowledge of the cocaine until it was too late.

The Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by Christopher Price, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition, the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, Mediation, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit http://law.wlu.edu/mootcourt.

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