Arif Noorani Wins 2007 Mock Trial to Cap Busy Moot Court Season

Lexington, VA Monday, December 03, 2007

2007 Mock Trial Winner Arif Noorani
The Moot Court Board at the Washington and Lee University School of Law completed its busy fall schedule on Friday, November 30, 2007 as the Mock Trial competition drew to a close. Top honors went to Arif Noorani '09L, who also was named Best Oralist during the Davis Moot Court Competition decided in October. Virginia Bell '09L was the Mock Trial runner-up.

The final round of the 2007 Mock Trial was judged by the Honorable Graham Mullen, Senior District Judge from the Western District of North Carolina. Also participating in the final round were Vince Cruciani '08L and Melanie McKay '08L. Ian German '08L and Charlotte Wang '08L served as administrators for this year's trial.

The 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 Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by David Hillman, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition, Mock Trial, Mediation, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit

Mock Trial participants (l to r) Arif Noorani, Melanie McKay, Judge Graham Mullen, Virginia Bell, and Vince Cruciani.

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