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Mock Trial Competition Winners

11/21/02--The final round of Boston College Law School’s 26th annual Mock Trial Competition was held on November 20, 2002. The internal competition featured the Honorable Paul J. Barbadoro, Chief Judge, United States District Court, New Hampshire, presiding. BC Law students Christine Daly, Matthew Foye, Eugenia LaFontaine and Nicholas O'Donnell participated as teams representing the plaintiff and defendant, with the team of Daly/Foye prevailing by one point in a closely contested match.

"Judge Barbadero declared it a very well fought final battle," said Director of Advocacy Programs Alexis Anderson. "I'm very pleased with our students' efforts. Both teams have been invited to represent the school in the national competition."

The problem used in the intra-school competition alternates each year between a civil and a criminal case. This year it was a criminal case titled Commonwealth of Grimes v.Jackie Danford. Students compete as two-person teams and represent either the plaintiff or the defendant at trial. Each trial includes an opening statement by each party, the direct and cross-examination of two witnesses for the plaintiff and two witnesses for the defendant, with closing arguments by each party.

Commonwealth of Grimes v.Jackie Danford dealt with a case of assault and battery; a woman had pressed charges against her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, accusing her of entering their home and punching her, kicking her and cutting her with a knife. Full details of the case can be found under "mock trial" on the Board of Student Advisors website at www.bc.edu/bsa.

As a result of the competition’s success, both regionally and nationally, the Law School has developed an outstanding reputation for preparing students who will be hired for litigation positions in both major law firms and public law practices.

View photos from the competition