by Brittany Hardy
Wesley LeRouax, from the Baylor Law School's Lone Star mock trial team, won the Best Opening Statement award at the competition on Oct. 15.
"I was extremely proud of Wes for receiving the award for best opening statement at the 2010 Lone Star Classic trial competition," said Dan Tilly, who helped coach LeRouax for competition. "It is a testament to his unparalleled work ethic and his talent as an advocate. Wes is the perfect example of a true competitor. He was at his very best when it counted most."
The Lone Star Classic is a national mock trial competition hosted by St. Mary's law school. It traditionally centers on a criminal law case. This year's case involved the prosecution of a woman for the murder of her husband. He was found at the bottom of the stairs in their house and the question came down to whether it was an accident or homicide. Sixteen schools brought teams.
Baylor's team consisted of LeRouax, Ana Ene, Landon Ramsay and Lucas Machicek. They worked on the case since classes started in August. Beginning in August, the team prepared case theory, practicing six days per week.
"I'm honored to receive this award for giving the best opening statement at the competition. It was a great competition, and we faced a lot of really good advocates," LeRouax said. "It's nice to know that all the hours I spent in the courtroom practicing my opening paid off in the end."