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California Western Wins San Diego Law School Trial Competition

(Left to right)  Taylor Williams, Christopher Lee, Madelynn Woodhall  and Brent Griffith

For the second year in a row, California Western has finished first in the winner-take-all Association of Business Trial Lawyers Tournament in San Diego. San Diego’s three law schools, California Western, University of San Diego, and Thomas Jefferson faced one another in a head-to-head mock trial competition.

“We took home another trophy, another $5,000 award, and once again proved we are the best in San Diego,” says Distinguished Practitioner Mario G. Conte, advisor to California Western’s Moot Court Honors Board.     

California Western’s victorious team had two veterans, third-year students Christopher J. Lee and Madelynn F. Woodhall, and two rookies, second-year students Taylor S. Williams and Brent J. Griffith. Woodhall competed on last year’s winning team in the first-ever all-San Diego competition.

Again this year, California Western’s team was coached by attorneys Jim Mangione, Clayton Carr ‘13, and Melissa M. Mack ‘15, who was on the winning team last year.

“The competition was nothing short of an amazing experience because of the coaches and teammates,” says Lee. “From day one, the coaches set their expectations, and for the rest of the semester, the team worked to surpass those goals. We had an amazing pair of ‘rookies’ who did a phenomenal job advocating in the finals and their performance ultimately brought the trophy back to California Western for one more year.”

“California Western has a dynamic trial competition program and I am convinced it is one of the best in California,” says Williams. “To have local attorneys dedicate 15-plus hours a week to the competitors for two-to-three months is remarkable. The skills we learned while preparing are far more valuable than winning the competition itself—the attorneys teach us practical skills we can use in our careers.”

 “While I am so proud of these folks, I am humbled by what they have accomplished by so much hard work,” says Conte.

Congratulations from everyone at California Western!