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FIU Law wins Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition

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FIU Mock Trial Team

FIU Law Trial Team Bedell Champions, from the left, Alexander A. Pollock, Forrest J. Wilson, Victoria Thacker, and Christopher C. Chillingworth

The Florida International University College of Law Trial Team bested 15 other teams to captured the 2022 Trial Lawyers Section’s Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition.

The winning team included Victoria Thacker and Forrest J. Wilson, and double-witnesses Christopher C. Chillingworth and Alexander A. Pollock. Wilson was also named best advocate award.

Trying the wrongful death case Billie Eyewish, on behalf of herself and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Casey Busgraves v. Mega Entertainment, Inc., FIU went undefeated in all five rounds, winning every judge’s ballot through the preliminaries and all but two the rest of the way, including a 4-1 win in the final over Barry Law’s Trial Team.

This is FIU’s second Bedell championship. Its first Bedell title was in 2016.

“Our Trial Team — these students – reflect the very best that is FIU Law,” said Professor H. Scott Fingerhut, assistant director of the Trial Advocacy Program and the team’s head coach. “Our students really do defy gravity, and fly — determined to live lives of purpose and consequence, by day’s end, to do more good than harm. They cannot be outworked, and they work selflessly together, striving to become the next generation of great trial lawyers. They are the Passionate Principled Advocates of tomorrow – and the magnificent embodiment of our special FIU Law brand.”

Along with Fingerhut, the Bedell teams were coached by trial team alumni Justin James Duran, a former team captain, Chandler A. Lefevere, and Professor Ari S. Goldberg, a former team captain as well.

Watch the championship round here.

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