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TJSL Mock Trial Team Heads to Texas for National Trial Competition

April 4, 2013

Professor Lea Fields-Bernard, Robert Sagerian, Jay B Campbell, Michael Fabinski,

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Mock Trial Team is competing in San Antonio this weekend (April 5-7) at the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and coordinated by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

The NTC is the oldest national competition in the United States and the TJSL team qualified for the competition when it finished in first place at the Region 14 competition in Tucson, Arizona this past February.

Competitors Joscelyn Campbell (2L), Michael Fabinski (3L) and Robert Sagerian (3L), have been practicing 20 hours per week since the case file was released on March 4.

They will compete against teams from throughout the United States, all of which had to qualify at a regional competition first.  

“These teams are the best of the best,” said coach and Adjunct Professor Lea Fields-Bernard, one of the team’s two coaches.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the dedication and hard work shown by our competitors in rising to this challenge.”

The team was aided in preparation by the entire Trial Team, but especially by scrimmage partners Michael Klitzke (2L) and Alonso Zavalasoto (2L). The team also is coached by Adjunct Professor Lilys McCoy.