UF Law Trial Team Sweeps State Competition

Published: January 31st, 2005

Category: News

Two days. Two teams. Three trophies.

After months of practice, the UF Law Trial Team sent two teams to the Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition at the Florida Bar’s January meeting in Miami. Both four-person teams, each composed of two advocates and two witnesses, competed against nine other Florida law schools in the competition for the state’s best advocates.

After beating every other team, including archrival Stetson Law School, only one school was represented in the competition’s championship round: the Levin College of Law.

In the final round, UF law 3Ls Chris King and Paul Vicary took on their classmates and Trial Team compatriots 3L Claudel Pressa and 2L Loreal Belfon. 3Ls Chris Chestnut and Najah Gibson, and 2Ls Greg Edwards and Natalie Hanan played witness roles for direct and cross examination. When the scores were tallied, Chris and Paul won first place, and Claudel and Loreal won second place in what may be the first-ever UF law sweep in a mock trial competition.

And as if that weren’t enough, Chris King was named the competition’s Best Advocate.

Along with coaches Nick Zissimopolous and Stacy Steinberg, both UF law Trial Team alumni, the four top student advocates in the state of Florida celebrated their victory in Miami before returning to Gainesville last week with trophies and accolades.