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Stetson Law captures Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition crown

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Stetson Law's trial teamsThe Stetson University College of Law won the Trial Lawyers Section’s Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition for the 25th time in 38 years.

Team members Alicia Roddenberg, Samantha Simmons, Lauren Cleveland, and Tyler Hillier kept the winning streak alive after participating in the three-day competition, which was held virtually this year. Roddenberg was named Best Advocate.

“Our folks were fantastic,” exclaimed David A. Demers, one of the team’s three coaches. “It is no exaggeration that as individuals and as a group, they are among the most special people we have had the opportunity to coach.”

Susan Demers and Donald Anderson III also coached the teams. A second Stetson team of Magner Tiuso, Hillary Hazeltine, Bryan Lawlor, and Jasmine Mattear made it to the quarter final round of the competition.

The Trial Lawyers Section annually conducts the Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition for teams from Florida’s accredited law schools. Each school is invited to send two teams to the competition. About 100 attorneys from across the state logged on to serve as jurors throughout the week. Seven members of the section’s executive council served as jurors for the final round.

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