11.04.2016

Law Students Take Second Place at Stetson National Pre-Trial Competition

Regent University School of Law (LAW) Trial Advocacy Board earned early success at the 2016 Ninth Annual National Pre-Trial Competition at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, in late October.

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LAW students Daniel Waters ’17, Julianna Battenfield ’17, Alison Haefner ’17, Elizabeth Berry ’18, and Justin Burch ’17 earned second place in the competition, coming out ahead of teams from law schools such as University of Miami School of Law, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and Texas Tech University School of Law.

Additionally, the team earned the Second Best Brief in the competition for Prosecution and Second Best Brief for Combined Memoranda. They were coached by LAW adjunct professor Jim Metcalfe.

“Regent Law strives to develop three general legal skills: writing, advocacy and strenuous academics,” said Waters. “This competition required excellence in all three of those areas.” Waters said his favorite part of competing is proving his team’s great writing and advocating skills.

“Consistently at all competitions, judges say [we] are currently better than many lawyers they see in their courts,” said Waters. “That means the Regent Law Advocacy program is training lawyers who are academically and experientially on-par with many top 100 advocacy programs.”

According to Waters, the team will assign 2L students to their Spring Semester 2017, and will continue to prepare for competitions at the regional and national levels.

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By Brett W. Tubbs