Pepperdine University School of Law took first place at the regional competition for the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Feb. 18 to 21. Students Lauren Moon, Amber Lee, and Robert Pendergrass comprised the winning team, while teammates Derek Thain, Javon Jones, and Seth Laursen advanced to the semi-final round.
The Pepperdine team, coached by Harry Caldwell, professor of law, and Terry Adamson, distinguished jurist in residence, defeated Cal-Western in the final round. Moon, Lee, and Pendergrass will advance to compete with 27 other teams in the National Trial Competition April 6 to 10 in Houston, Texas.
"We are honored to have made it out of such a challenging region and to be representing the Southwest region and Pepperdine in the national tournament," said Lee. "We know we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a talented team and exceptionally dedicated coaches, so we're up to the challenge." Pendergrass added, "A big reason for our success is the depth of talented advocates here at Pepperdine."
The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education, and provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.
Since 1972, Pepperdine's School of Law has had a developed advocacy program competing at the highest levels. This important, time honored law school tradition, allows students to hone advocacy and public speaking skills while participating in realistic appellate, trial, and dispute resolution proceedings.
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