A&T MOCK TRIAL TEAM WINS TWO AWARDS AT THE JOHN MARSHAL LAW SCHOOL UNDERGRADUATE DIVERSITY MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION

The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at North Carolina A&T State University, sponsored the university’s first Mock Trial team for the John Marshal Law School 4th Annual Southeast Regional Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competition.  The competition was held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn.  Feb. 16 – 18.

Two A&T students from the Mock Trial team were members of the second place and fourth place teams.  Patrick Jackson, a senior criminal justice major, was a member of the second place team and Ariston Bailey, a senior criminal justice major, was a member of the fourth place team. Members of the second place team received a $5,000 tuition waiver applied against their first year at John Marshal Law School, and members of the fourth place team received a $2,500 tuition waiver applied against their first year at John Marshal Law School.

All members of the A&T Mock Trial team received a special mention at the awards ceremony and were invited to participate in the national competition. The other members of the Mock Trial team were Mary Lou Banks, a freshman political science major and Antwonne Keys, a junior criminal justice major. The competition is open to all majors and the department plans to sponsor a team for next year’s competition.

Attorney Brenton Boyce, served as the legal coach for the team. A&T professor Derick Smith travelled with the team to Nashville and served as the team’s advisor. A&T professor James Mayes lead the effort to organize the team and handle logistics.