Broun National Trial Team Edged Out in Final Round of Competition

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The UNC Broun National Trial Team (BNTT) hosted its annual Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition Jan. 16-19 at UNC School of Law. This year, 48 teams signed up to compete, more than any previous year. The UNC team, consisting of 1Ls Michael Cohen, Taylor Goodnight, Eric Hinderliter and Joseph Shuford, advanced to the final round to face a team from Duke in a unique spin on a classic rivalry.

The hallmark of the competition, sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, is that only 1Ls are permitted to compete and the teams are prohibited from having individual coaches. Trial Team faculty advisor Richard Myers, associate dean for student affairs and Henry Brandis Professor of Law, offered the UNC teams two group training sessions on various trial elements. Otherwise, the trial preparation is conducted independently.

Attorneys Justin Howard ’03, Richard Botwright ’04 and Chad Hansen ’04 presided over the final round. The team from Duke edged out UNC to become the 2014 Kilpatrick champions.

This is the first time in several years that a team from UNC advanced to the final round. “The 2014 Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition was one of the most successful in recent memory,” says Scott Holder ’14, BNTT vice president. “This is because of the hard work and tremendous skills displayed by all of the 1L participants.”

Broun National Trial Team Hosts Texas Young Lawyers Association Regionals

The UNC Broun National Trial Team co-hosted, with North Carolina Central University School of Law, the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Regional Mock Trial Competition Feb. 7-9 at the Durham County Justice Center. UNC sent two teams of 2L students to compete: the team of Samera Beshir, Hailey Bunce and Veronika Sykorova, and the team of Dave Fitzgerald, Michelle Markham and Jonathan Williams.

Fitzgerald, Markham and Williams advanced to the final round of competition, in which four teams vied for two slots at the finals. Based on scoring, with very close ballots, they tied for third in the region among 26 teams, just missing out on advancing.

-March 25, 2014

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