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FIU wins Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition

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Winning FIU team

STUDENTS FROM FIU COLLEGE OF LAW display their championship trophy after winning the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section and held at the Trial Lawyers Summit in Ponte Vedra.  A total of 18 teams from 10 Florida law schools competed. This year’s trial involved allegations of strict liability and breach of warranty over the design of a casket handle. Both FIU teams advanced to the quarterfinals, with the team of Elroy M. John, Jr., Jaclyn Broudy, Michelle M. Deeb, Arvind R. Singh, and Gemma Torcivia going undefeated through all five rounds and winning the competition. John was also named “Best Tournament Advocate.” FIU was coached by Professor H. Scott Fingerhut; attorneys Ari S. Goldberg, Mike Ryan, and Pallavi Garg; and Professor H.T. Smith, director of FIU’s Trial Advocacy Program. Pictured from left are Elroy M. John, Jr., Gemma Torcivia, U.S. Middle District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan, who presided over the championship round, Michelle M. Deeb, Arvind R. Singh, and Jaclyn Broudy.

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