The School of Law Advocacy Program is celebrating recent victories from mock trail, negotiation and dispute resolution competitions from the East to West Coast.
“I am humbled and proud, but especially thrilled for the school,” she said. “We want to elevate our competitiveness in mock trial and become a known, respected trial advocacy program.”
Anderson and her teammates third-year law students Ashu Balimba, Greg Franklin and Jessica Lesnau were coached by Justice Lee Gabriel, who is also the mock trial coordinator. This award follows a new 18-hour summer training program implemented by Justice Gabriel this year.
This was Anderson’s first mock trial competition, and although she has experience in public speaking, she said she had a lot to learn.
“I practiced about 120 hours between Aug. 22 and Oct. 12,” she said. “Nothing works better than constant rehearsal and repetition; Justice Gabriel emphasized the value of practicing each element (direct, cross examination, opening, and closing) as though it was the real thing.”
She said this made a huge difference in her learning and delivery.
Director of Advocacy said the students and coaches have worked very hard, and she is glad their work was rewarded.
“Winning our first individual mock trial award demonstrates that our new initiatives and training in mock trial are working,” she said. “And it’s wonderful to have continued success at the FINRA competition, where we won the mediation award in 2014.”
This article was originally posted on the School of Law site.