Pepperdine University School of Law took top honors at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27, in Santa Monica, California. On the same day, Pepperdine won the 33rd Annual Craven Moot Court Competition, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Second-year students Amber Lee, Lauren Moon, Robert Pendergrast, and Derek Thain defeated Cal Western, Loyola, and USD to win the AAJ competition. They will compete in the national competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the end of March.
Pepperdine’s second team at the AAJ competition consisted of students CJ Martin, Ian Godburn, Michael Mewbourne, and Javon Jones, who ascended through the first two rounds of the competition before being defeated. Michael Mewborne was named runner-up best overall advocate.
At the Craven Moot Court Competition, students Kimberly McCall and Rebecca Lee took first place, defeating more than twenty-four teams from schools such as Duke University, William and Mary, and Boston College. Alumna Rachel Dickey Czernin (JD ‘09) helped coach the team.
“I was proud to work with the team last week at the Craven Moot Court Competition,” said Czernin. “Rebecca and Kimberly were a class act from start to finish. Their competition was very tough and they stepped up to the challenge round after round.”