Trial Team sweeps Missouri Attorney General’s Cup competition

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law’s Trial Team swept the inaugural Missouri Attorney General’s Cup Trial Competition held in Jefferson City, Mo., Nov. 12-14, taking first and second place in the championship round.

Second-year law students John Drake and Tessa Somer won first-place honors after defeating second-year classmates Jason Julien and Casey Ransom. These two teams had to win against teams from the three other Missouri law schools to advance to the championship round.

In addition, Drake won Best Advocate for the Defense and Julien won Best Advocate for the Plaintiff.

Trial Team head coach Judge David Mason, JD, and assistant coaches Rebecca Nickelson, JD, and Mark Rudder, JD, prepared the teams, and assistant coach David Fahrenkamp, JD, and Joseph Whitfield, JD, coached the teams through the competition.

Additionally, members of the Trial Team were semifinalists in the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC) that was held Nov. 11-13 in Los Angeles.

Third-year students Tiffany Ellis and Jacob Galperin, along with second-year student witnesses Erin Lueker and Roen Taylor, advanced to the semifinal round of the NCTC.

The NCTC is an invitation-only competition between the top 16 law school trial competition programs in the country, based on the schools’ success in all trial competitions during the last three years.

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