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Four California Western Alumni Recognized for Excellence in Oral Advocacy

Graduates of California Western trial advocacy programs named to Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers admitted four recent graduates of California Western School of Law in recognition of their superior oral advocacy skills. The national honorary organization focuses on the development of advocacy skills through law school mock trial programs.

Clayton Carr, Robyn Riedel, Michelle Ryle, and Allexanderia Verdian were admitted to the California Western chapter of the Order of Barristers. Founded at the University of Texas at Austin Law School in 1965, the Order of Barristers includes more than 100 law school chapters around the country. Its purpose is to honor graduating seniors who demonstrate superior ability in oral advocacy competitions through their school’s mock trial program.

The program expanded nationally in the spring of 1971 with California Western founding one of its first national chapters. Its membership includes many of the law school’s most accomplished alumni including local firm partners Jeffrey D. Lewin ’75, Craig R. McClellan ’76, and Patrick L. Hosey ’92, past president of the San Diego County Bar Association.

Members develop their oral advocacy and brief writing skills through California Western’s Moot Court Honors Board, nationally recognized for the successes of its competition teams and its consistency in developing individuals that stand out in the post-graduation applicant pool. Graduates of the program utilize their skills to become great attorneys, serving as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and civil litigators. In addition to trial and appellate advocacy, the Moot Court Honors Board oversees negotiation and mediation competition programs.

Developing Real-World Skills
California Western provides its students with a rigorous and experience-rich curriculum designed to prepare graduates to do useful work for clients and employers from day one. Participation in competition teams offers students the opportunity to develop real-world advocacy skills through hands-on experience. By combining a traditional, broad-based legal education with a focus on practical training, students are better prepared to enter the legal profession.