The competition included preliminary rounds held in different locations in downtown San Francisco and a semi-final round held at the San Francisco Superior Court on Saturday afternoon. Advancing to the semi-finals were University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Stetson University School of Law, and Michigan State University College of Law. The final round between Stetson and MSU was held on Sunday morning in Sonoma County in a courtroom constructed from a theater hall. Other competitors and coaches were invited to take a tour of wine country in Sonoma while the finalists battled it out in front of the Honorable Judge Gayle C. Guynup, the first female judge in Sonoma County, and a full twelve-person jury, which included the Mayor of Sonoma, three sitting Judges and business leaders from the area.
We want to thank all the Judges and practicing attorneys who volunteered their time to serve as evaluators and our litigation students who helped make the competition possible. We are thankful to the law offices of Reed Smith, Orrick and Paul Hastings for their contributions and sponsoring our Judges Reception at the EPIC Roast House. A special thank you goes out to the law schools that came from the east coast who made it to the competition despite the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Lastly, thank you to Athena Spencer and our Judge Lee Baxter graduate fellows in litigation, Julia Levitskaia and Dan Dressman.
Best Opening: Matthew Wood – Univ. of Maryland School of Law
Best Opening: Ryan Lynady – Hofstra Univ. Law School
Best Cross: Elizabeth Constantine – Stetson Univ. School of Law
Best Closing: James Vicchairelli – Michigan State Univ. College of Law
IN VINO VERITAS [In Wine there is Truth]
If your law school has an interest in participating in the 2013″GGU-Segal Criminal Mock Trial Competition: In Vino Veritas,” please contact GGU Litigation Center Director Wes Porter at email@example.com.