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UM Carey Law Trial Team Sees Success Across the Country

 

Following up on a great Fall semester, the Spring semester was just as impressive for the National Trial Team. The UM Carey Law team was invited to compete all over the country and ultimatiely competed in four competitions.

The team performed exceptionally well with several individual and team accomplishments.

 

Competition:
National Voir Dire Competition – The Show Me Challenge 

Location / Date:
Kansas City, MO  – April 11-13  

Participants:
3L’s Ian Anthony (Co-Captain), Robert Carlson, and Ashley Sharif 

Results:
Team result: 2nd Place

Individual Awards:
Ian Anthony, Best Tournament Advocate
Ashley Sharif , Best 2nd Chair

Description:
This tournament was sponsored by the University of Kansas City Missouri School of Law in a first of its kind competition. Originally, sixteen teams entered the competition, but only twelve competed. The competition forced every member of the team to rotate through three different roles. Over 500 Kansas City residents were subpoenaed to Federal Court and participated in the competition as regular jurors would. Teams conducted a live voir dire of the panel and then each side had the chance to strike and argue for cause, followed by the selected jury hearing an opening statement.

Acknowledgements:
Coaches - 3L Dan Flanagan, A.J. Bellido de Luna
The team wishes to give a special appreciation to 2L Magaly Bittner who created personas and arranged for panel members to play those personas in practice rounds. There were dozens from our student body who played those roles and they wish to thank them as well. The team also wishes to acknowledge Judge Emanuel Brown who spent two weekends working with the team and giving them magic phrases that proved to be decisive in the show cause challenges. 

 

 

 


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