Concord University’s Mock Trial Teams Win Three Awards and Place Second at National Competition in Washington, D.C.
Athens, W.Va. - Eight students from Concord University competed in the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity’s National Mock Trial Competition in Washington, D.C., November 3 through - 5 and brought home three awards: Second Place, Outstanding Defense Team and Outstanding Witness. This was the second year in a row that Concord has won Outstanding Defense Team and it is the highest that Concord has ever placed overall.
The eight Concord students were divided into two teams: Bryan Henderson from Pineyview, Yansea Hutchens from Hinton, Joe Reggi from Beckley, and Matthew Stonestreet from Bluefield were one team, while Clinton Berella from Bolt, Patrick Michael Farry from St. Albans, Ashley Gillespie from Bluefield and Nathaniel Nagy from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, was the other. The trial involved the alleged wrongful death of a young man, Keith Gallo, at a rap concert. It was claimed that the rap artist “Skee Poll” incited the crowd to rush the stage, causing Mr. Gallo to be trampled and asphyxiated. The trial teams questioned witnesses and made evidentiary objections, opening statements and closing arguments, just like in a real trial.
Twenty-two teams of pre-law undergraduate students from thirteen universities across the United States competed in the trial competition. Besides Concord, the schools competing included much larger division I schools such as Temple University, the University of Arizona, the University of Delaware, Texas Tech, Colorado University at Colorado Springs, the University of Houston and the University of Kentucky.
The Concord team of Bryan Henderson, Yansea Hutchens, Joe Reggi and Matthew Stonestreet placed second out of the twenty-two teams and were awarded Outstanding Defense Team. There are several rounds to the competition. In some rounds, a team member will be an attorney; while in other rounds that team member will play the part of a witness in the trial. Ashley Gillespie was awarded Outstanding Witness for her portrayal of the witness, D’Arcy Ace, who is an expert in crowd safety and crowd management.
Concord’s teams were coached by Marshall S. Campbell, who is an adjunct professor at Concord and a local attorney. This is the fourth year that Concord has sent teams to the competition. Each year the number of teams coming from across the U.S. to compete has grown, but yet Concord’s overall place has improved. This is the first year that Concord has been in finals, vying for the championship. “I could not be prouder of all members of both teams. They all worked hard, shared ideas and strategies in organizing for trial, and made great presentations,” said Campbell.
Concord maintains a strong pre-law program, which includes a mock trial class. Students learn the art of trying cases, using the case for the Phi Alpha Delta competition. The students chosen to represent Concord at the competition must be members of Concord’s Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and participate in the class. Besides the mock trial class, Concord offers a variety of pre-law classes that assist the students in preparing for law school.
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