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Lansing Campus Mock Trail Board Hosts First Year Mock Trial Competitions

By:Adner Marcelin

     Staff Writer, Lansing

Lansing, MI - The Mock Trial Board held its First Year Mock Trial Competitions at the Lansing campus of Thomas M. Cooley Law School this week.  The Mock Trial Program educates students on becoming excellent trial lawyers by teaching them the art of persuasive advocacy in the courtroom. Students receive training and begin to acquire the skills they will need to be persuasive litigators in the courtroom.

Each year, first year students who have not taken evidence or trial skills are invited to compete in First Year Mock Trial competitions.  I had a chance to interview one of the Hillary 2014 First Year competition team winners, Tiffany Murray. Murray, a second-term law student at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, along with her teammate Jessie Wells defeated the opposing team. Their opponents in the competition were Joseph Daly and Jennifer Gallardo.

Murray commented, “After a brief period of reservation, I am excited that I mustard up the courage to participate in this First Year Mock Trial Competitions. I was extremely shocked to learn that my partner and I had had won the competition. This completion certainly assisted me in overcoming many of my fears of the courtroom and showed me how natural it could be to litigate a case in front of a jury. In the end, I found that I was more critical of myself by underestimating by ability to succeed. In hindsight, I am really glad I chose to participate in this competition, and felt that I learned many new skills to use later in practice.”

Well congratulations are certainly in order to both Ms. Murray and Wells for a job well done as this year’s winning competitors. This competitions along with many others are just a few of the many great events hosted by the campus’s Mock Trial Board each term. For more information on how you can compete in a future competition or if you would like information on how you can become a member of the Mock Trial organization at Cooley, please visit the Mock Trial website on the portal or stop by their office located on the 3rd Floor of the Cooley Center.

From L-R: Jessie Wells, Faculty Advisor, Cindy Faulkner, and Tiffany Murray.