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FSU Law trial team wins national competition

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FSU trial team

THE FSU TRIAL TEAM captured the title at the Mockingbird Challenge National Trial Competition in Alabama. From the left are Genevieve Lemley, Luke Waldron, Corie Posey, and R. McLane Edwards.

The Florida State University College of Law trial team took first place at the 2019 Mockingbird Challenge National Trial Competition.

“Congratulations to our talented student advocates and many thanks to their dedicated coaches,” said Dean Erin O’Connor. “This trial competition victory is another example of Florida State law students excelling at the national level!”

Twenty-four law school teams participated in the competition held October 9-12 in Montgomery, Alabama, including a team from the University of Georgia, which FSU Law defeated in the finals. Other law schools competing included defending champion University of South Carolina, which FSU Law defeated in the semi-final round, Fordham University, University of California – Davis, Washington University in St. Louis, and William & Mary.

The winning team members include third-year law student R. McLane Edwards of Quincy, second-year law student Genevieve Lemley of Purcellville, Virginia, second-year student Corie Posey of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and third-year law student Luke Waldron of West Palm Beach. FSU College of Law alumni and former trial team members Samuel Gilot, who practices at Kubicki Draper in Tallahassee, and Louis Jean-Baptiste, who practices at the Law Office of Stephen G. Webster in Tallahassee, coached the team to victory.


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