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California Western Trial Team Named "Best in San Diego" for Business Trial Advocacy

ABTL Winners Chrisitan Escamilla, Payton Randle, Briana Wilford, Amanda Shayota

For the third time in four years, a California Western School of Law (CWSL) moot court team emerged victorious in the annual Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) mock trial competition that tests teams from San Diego's three law schools. The CWSL team of 3Ls Briana Wilford, Payton Randle, Christian Escamilla, and 2L Amanda Shayota took first place and the $5,000 prize. The team was coached by Clayton Carr '13, Corey C. Garrard '14, and Taylor Williams '17—all of whom are alumni of the law school's Competitive Advocacy Program.

"They prepped this competition for almost two and one-half months, three nights during the week, and many weekends," says Professor Mario Conte, the Competitive Advocacy Program's director. "We have wonderful and totally dedicated students in this program. I could not be prouder of them."

The event was sponsored by ABTL and held at California Western from November 10-13. Teams were presented with a fictional problem, modeled after a real-life case involving a breach of contract dispute over a downtown San Diego real estate transaction.

The Association of Business Trial Lawyers was founded as a forum where litigators and judges address issues important to both plaintiff-focused and defense-focused business trial lawyers. The San Diego chapter provides top quality legal education programs as well as sponsors the annual mock trial competition for San Diego's three law schools. ABTL is known across the state for annual seminars that feature keynote speakers from the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court.