Winners of Mock Trial and Client Counseling Competitions Announced

Lexington, VA Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christy Montrois '11L was the winner of the 2010 Mock Trial.
The Moot Court Board at Washington and Lee University School of Law wrapped up a busy fall schedule in November with the finals of the Mock Trial and Client Counseling competitions.

Christy Montrois '11L was the winner of the 2010 Mock Trial Competition and Matthew Baker '12L was the runner-up.  Also in the finals were Tiffany Caterina '11L and Jenn Smyrnos '12L. Judges for the competition were alumni Pamela White '77L of the Baltimore City Circuit Court and Joseph R. Slights '88L and John A. Parkins '72L, both of the Delaware Superior Court.

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 before trial.

Administrators for the Mock Trial were Bill Larson '08, '11L and Claire O. Morneau '11L.

In the 2010 Client Counseling Competition, Christen Ansuini '12L and Sue Fultz '12L emerged as the winners. The team of Hanna Jamar '12L and Ben Mitchell, a visiting student from Trinity College in Ireland, were the runners-up. Also competing in the finals were Aaron Wells '12L and Suzanne Peters '12L. Washington and Lee alumnus and local attorney John Vita '84, '88L judged the competition.

During the Client Counseling Competition, the client is given a fact pattern, and the competitors receive a one or two sentence description of the reason for the client's visit.  The competitors interview and counsel the client on his/her legal problem.  The competition evaluates students' ability to establish a rapport with the client, discover relevant facts, spot legal issues, and adhere to codes of professional responsibility.

Administrators for the Client Counseling Competition were third-year students Chas B. Holder, Whitney A. Lomax, and Stacey M. Valentine.

The Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by Jessica Guzik '11L, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition, the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, Mock Trial, Mediation, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit

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