Charleston Law’s team of Alexandra Heaton (University of South Carolina ’12), James Bryson (College of Charleston ’11), Fred Davis (Francis Marion University ’13) and Lyndsay Luthringer (College of Charleston ’15) finished a 20-team competition as national semifinalists at the Mockingbird Invitational National Trial Competition on September 27-30 in Montgomery, Ala. Heaton also won the individual award for best opening statement.
Professor Todd Bruno, who has coached Charleston Law’s trial competition and moot court teams to great success since 2010, commented on the high level of competition at the invitational. “It was a tough road to the semifinals,” Bruno said. “In our semifinal round against Georgia State, we lost a 3-2 vote to the team that wound up winning the title.”
In addition to commending his team for their excellence and professionalism, Bruno gave special recognition to Heaton who will graduate this December. Heaton, who is a reporter with ABC News 4 in Charleston, has represented Charleston Law in seven national advocacy competitions. She received individual awards in five of the seven competitions and also led her team to the semifinals or better in five of the seven competitions. “Alex has had remarkable success, especially considering her demanding, high profile, full-time job. We will miss her greatly,” Bruno said.