Law students compete in trial ad event

The Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy team held its Final Round of competition at the Municipal Court on Lockwood Blvd.

Charleston Law students Sydney Rose and Alexis Mourounas (plaintiff’s team)  won the competition and Sydney Denninger and Brett Moorman (defense team) were runners up in the trial case.

“All of the students involved with the Trial Advocacy Board have worked really hard this semester to learn and practice the trial skills that were displayed during the final round of the Internal Competition,” said Charleston Law Professor Suzanne Chapman. “The amount of preparation, poise, and professionalism that all four of the finalists displayed in the final round made me and the Trial Advocacy Board very proud. I’m looking forward to the continued energy and enthusiasm from the Board as we move into the Spring external competition season.”

The trial judge for the competition was the Honorable Molly Cherry, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The trial jury consisted of practicing attorneys and alums including Patrick Yanoti ’16, Miller Dawson  ’12 (Sigal and Ward), Johnny Stewart ’16 (Finkel Law Firm), Nickisha Woodward ’13 (Turner Padget) Bri Salley ’19 (Bell Legal Group) and Brian Kiel ’17 (Assistant General Counsel for the Beaufort’s Sheriff’s Office Daniel Cooper, 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office), and Alex Heaton ’17 (Yarborough Applegate).

“The hard work and time that the trial advocacy students and faculty took to prepare for the competition was impressive,” said Charleston School of Law Dean Larry Cunningham. “Special thanks to the students, professors who served as coaches for the teams, and the alumni who served as jurors for the competition. It truly was a team effort by the Charleston Law community.”

The Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) at Charleston School of Law is designed to prepare students to become ethical, experienced, and zealous lawyer-advocates. Participation is founded upon a student’s commitment to the pursuit of excellence in advocacy and to ethically represent the Charleston School of Law through dedication and compliance with each team’s rigorous and demanding practice schedule.

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