Mock Trial Team Goes Three Rounds in Las Vegas National Competition
Emory Law’s Mock Trial Society team finished as one of 14 regional winners at the 2012 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy national competition held March 22-25 in Las Vegas.
Emory was represented by Natalie Dana 12L, Craig Runyon 12L, Reade Seligmann 13L and Trevor Newberry 13L. They were coached by Andy Pascual, an assistant DeKalb County district attorney and adjunct law professor.
Their advance to nationals means Emory placed 10th out of 224 teams who entered this year’s AAJ competition, Pascual said.
Emory made it to the third round, which is just prior to semifinals. It’s notable that in every round, Emory faced teams who finished as either as winner or semifinalist, Pascual said. Those teams were from Cumberland, Stetson and Maryland. The only semifinalist team Emory didn’t see in its draw was Berkeley.
Emory was “David versus an army of Goliaths,” Pascual said. Emory was the only school at the competition that had never previously won a regional title at either the AAJ STAC or the National Trial Competition, he said.
“The performances by 3Ls Craig Runyon and Natalie Dana, and 2Ls Trevor Newberry and Reade Seligmann, were some of the best I've seen in any competition ever, and I'm so proud to have coached them,” Pascual said. “Their chemistry as a team was second to none and they will all be excellent lawyers... It was truly an honor to work with such talented student advocates.”
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