Stetson dominates trial competitions

It was a GOOD week for dominating trial competitions, after Stetson University won the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship and the ABA Law Student National Arbitration Competition.

The Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Competition invites the 16 best moot court programs in the United States, based on moot court performance in the prior year.

Stetson’s team of Nick Sellars, Melaina Tryon and Giovanni Giarratana won the competition, with Tryon claiming the honor of Best Oralist.

Stetson and the University of Missouri both won championships at the ABA Law Student National Arbitration Competition the same weekend The 40-team competition was designed to produce two sets of champions. Stetson students Lauren Eliopoulos, Alexandria Lewis, Andrew Tuttle and Jennifer Wilson defeated a second Stetson team of Chelsea Johnson, Ashley Petefish, Kristy Rowsey and Scott Tolliver in the finals.

Also in the same weekend, Phylicia Pearson was named best advocate at the Florida Bar Trial Lawyer Section’s Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition in West Palm Beach. Pearson’s team came in second. This year, 11 law schools sent 22 teams. Stetson has won the competition 21 times in its 32-year history.

Stetson law school’s advocacy record includes five world titles, 67 national championships, and 111 best advocate/oralist awards.

“One of the most important skills in a lawyer’s toolkit is effective advocacy,” said Dean and Professor of Law Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Stetson’s dedication to producing effective advocates is unmatched. This weekend, our students proved that they are exceptionally well-prepared for the courtroom.”