April 18, 2014 -- UCLA School of Law’s Mock Trial Team celebrated unprecedented success during the 2013-14 academic year. The team most recently won the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition, which was held April 5-6 in Puerto Rico. Students Myles Campbell ’14, Yasmin Fardghassemi ’14, Makoa Kawabata ’14 and Ruth Dayan ’14 competed against teams from all over the United States. The students defeated teams from George Washington, Georgetown and American University to move to the final round, and they bested the team from Southern Illinois to take first place in the competition—the first time the UCLA Law Mock Trial Team has won the top award in a mock trial tournament.
In March, students John David Rees ’14, Jane Reilley ’16, Calvin Love ’15 and Makoa Kawabata ’14 participated in the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American Association for Justice. The team made it to the final round of the regional competition, which was held in San Francisco. In February, students Kevin Wheeler ’15, Kristen Johnson ’15 and Nicholas LoCastro ’16 made it to the semi-final round of the regional National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In a narrow loss, the team was defeated by Loyola, the eventual tournament winner.