Georgia Law finishes as finalists in William W. Daniel mock trial competition

Monday, November 24, 2014

Writer:  Lona Panter, 706/542-5172, lonap@uga.edu
Contact:  Kellie Casey, 706/542-2739, krcasey@.uga.edu

UGA School of Law teams named finalists at two competitions

Athens, Ga. – Two University of Georgia School of Law teams recently finished as finalists in the 15th Annual William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition and the Fifth Annual Mercer University School of Law Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition.

The mock trial team consisted of third-year students Joshua H. Dorminy of Darien, Georgia; Whitney T. Judson of Fayetteville, Georgia; Patrick A. Najjar of Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Andrew M. Whittaker of Grovetown, Georgia and second-year student Meredith A. Gardial of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Only 18 schools are invited to compete in this competition, named in honor of the late Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The Georgia Law students triumphed over teams from Texas Southern University, the University of Illinois, Michigan State University and Emory University before facing Georgia State University in the final round.

The moot court team also topped several law schools in its competition.

Third-year students Spencer E. Schold of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chelsea E. Ivey of Monroe, Georgia, were named finalists after beating teams including defending champions Florida Coastal School of Law, Indiana University, John Marshall – Chicago and Texas Tech University before falling to Faulkner University in the final round.

“Both teams performed well, and I am very proud of our students,” said Kellie Casey, director of advocacy at Georgia Law. “They worked tirelessly to prepare for these competitions, and it was rewarding to see their hard work pay off.”

UGA School of Law
Consistently regarded as one of the nation's top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation’s best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. Georgia Law counts six U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks in the past nine years among its distinguished alumni body of approximately 10,000. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.