Baylor Mock Trial Team Heads for National Finals

March 12, 1997

by Alan Hunt

Baylor University law students will advance to the national finals of the American Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition in Denver, Colo., March 20-23, following a successful performance in the contest's regional tournament in Houston.

The Baylor students remained undefeated in the regional and clinched a berth in the national competition by beating a team from the University of Houston Law School in the final round. Twelve teams from law schools throughout Texas participated. This is the second consecutive year Baylor has won the regional competition.

Matt Haddock and Jenn Garnett were the two winning Baylor lawyers, and Lori Fix and Derek Gilliland served as witnesses for the team. Faculty coach Gerald R. Powell, the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence, accompanied the students to Houston.

This is the second time within two weeks that a Baylor Law School team has qualified for a stab at a national mock trial title. On Feb. 23, students Brad Beckworth, Jason Stephens and Leigh Campbell won second place at the regional qualifying tournament of the National Mock Trial Competition. They will advance to the national tournament to be held in Houston in early April.

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