Mock Trials, Moot Court On BC Law Students' Docket

Mock Trials, Moot Court On BC Law Students' Docket

Fledgling legal eagles sharpened their courtroom skills when Boston College Law School recently hosted its 25th annual mock-trial competition as well as the regional finals of a national moot-court competition.

Third-year law students Jason Kropp and Tony Shaw teamed to win the in-house Mock Trial Competition on Nov. 14, prevailing in arguments before Chief Judge Paul Barbadoro JD '80 of the United States District Court of New Hampshire.

Kropp and Shaw represented the plaintiff in a mock civil suit alleging age discrimination in a Christian TV network's firing of an aging news-anchor. Both the winning duo and the defense team of third-year law students Loren Cochran and Matthew Grygorcewicz will compete in the regional tournament of the national mock-trial competition.

The Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Board of Student Advisors each fall semester since 1976, is cited by many alumni as one of the most valuable experiences of their student careers, and has contributed to BC Law's outstanding reputation as a training ground for courtroom attorneys.
In the National Moot Court regional competition at BC Law on Nov. 21, second-year students Nicole Johnson, Angelique Muller and Christopher Mohart prevailed against a squad from Vermont Law School, with Johnson winning an award as best oralist.

The BC Law team coached by Prof. Peter Donovan (Law) and part-time faculty member Thomas Carey (Law) went undefeated in oral arguments, which centered on employment law and arbitration issues. The team advances to the National Moot Court finals, to be held in late January in New York City.

-Mark Sullivan

 

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