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Law School Mock Trial Team Advances to National Finals

FEBRUARY 14, 2013—The University of Minnesota Law School's mock trial program, which has been building over the past several years, reached a pinnacle recently when the Mock Trial team of Graham Berg-Moberg (’13), Jennifer Hendricks (’13), and Jared Reams (’13) were undefeated in the regional rounds of the National Mock Trial Competition. They are the first Law School mock trial team to advance to the national finals, to be held this year in San Antonio on April 3-7.

Twelve law schools from across the midwest sent 24 teams to the Region 9 competition on Feb. 7-9, 2013, hosted by the Law School with assistance from Hamline University School of Law, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law. The Law School students, coached by Adjunct Professors Craig Buske (’10) and Craig Roen (’87), defeated teams from the University of Iowa, the University of St. Thomas, Drake University, and St. Louis University to win the regional finals.

The National Mock Trial Competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. It was established in 1975 to familiarize students with trial practice, advance their advocacy skills through competition, and contribute to the development of future trial lawyers. More than 300 mock trial teams from approximately 160 law schools compete in the 14 regional trials, and the top 28 teams advance to the Annual National Trial Competition.

 
 
 

Berg-Moberg, Hendricks, Reams

From left, Graham Berg-Moberg (’13), Jennifer Hendricks (’13), and Jared Reams (’13)