Trial Team

I had the pleasure of judging the Wake Forest National Trial team for one of its final practices last week.

They are a great bunch of students under great direction by their coaches.  You’d be surprised how much time and effort goes into preparing for these competitions.  The practice the other night by the way last 4 1/2 hours–each practice is a full “trial” with opening, closing, two witnesses on each side and pre-trial motions.  There are some “extra-curricular” activities that don’t prepare you for the real world of practicing law, but trial team is NOT one of those activities.  I was much better prepared than my colleagues straight out of law school–not so much because of any personal achievements, but because of the hours of practice, repetition, critique, and exposure to various “judges.”  The team built up my confidence in the courtroom and sharpened my evidence skills.  And it will do the same for this new bunch of aspiring attorneys.

The problem itself centered on a life insurance policy.  The plaintiff wife of the decedent stood to collect 1 million dollars.  The insurance company ruled the death a suicide.  Add in some juicy facts–a  recall notice for the shotgun, possible affairs on both sides, and incompetent investigation skills–and the plot thickens into what would be a close call before a real jury.

Good luck to the team as they prepare for competition this week in Atlanta, GA.  They’ll represent Wake Forest Law School well.


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