NCCU Law Students Excel in Kilpatrick-Stockton Competition

Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011

In only North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law’s second year of competition, the Trial Advocacy Board’s 1L trial teams once again dominated the Annual Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial Competition hosted by the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Law on January 13-16, 2011.

The “1L of a Team” squad advanced to the final round and earned a second place finish, getting edged out by Duke Law after an intense and hard-fought trial by both sides. There were also 35 NCCU Law students, professors and alumni in attendance, a significant increase over the audience for last year’s competition. The other 1L team, “The Whole Truth,” successfully advanced to the semi-final round and tied a separate Duke Law team for third place.

1L Trial Team

Left to right: Cheri Hamilton, Helena Kirland-Werts, Nikia Williams, Kevin Boxberger, Jennifer Turner (Team Captain, "1L of a Team"), Susan Dow (Team Captain, "The Whole Truth"), Deyaska Spencer Sweatman, Diane Carter

Not only did NCCU Law’s 1Ls take half of the spots in the Final Four, this now also marks the second year in a row that NCCU Law has made the final round of the competition — setting a 100% track record of NCCU Law 1Ls advancing to the final round.

28 teams participated from six North Carolina law schools (all schools except Charlotte School of Law), and NCCU Law’s 1Ls successfully beat teams from Campbell, Duke and UNC at various stages of the competition.

Everyone delivered an exemplary performance; and the Trial Advocacy Board looks forward to watching these 1Ls blossom into even stronger advocates over their next two years!