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November 12- Stetson Law Trial Teams place first, second in mock trial competition


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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law trial teams finished first and second in the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition. The prestigious event was held Nov. 8 and 9 at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach.

The Stetson team of Richard Barbara, Marc Semago, Gabrielle Osborne and Steven Kay defeated the other Stetson team of Meredith McCall, Slade Dukes, Sheetal Brahmbhatt and Neil Andrews in the finals. The Honorable Fred Lewis of the Florida Supreme Court presided over the final round.

Richard Barbara was named Best Advocate for the competition.

The Stetson teams each defeated groups from Florida State University in the semi-finals after defeating Florida State, the University of Miami, St. Thomas University and Florida Coastal School of Law in the preliminary rounds.

Trial team alumnus Thea Dalkalitsis coached the teams, and Stetson Law Professor Pam Bell accompanied them as faculty advisor.

Since the competition began, Stetson has more first-place finishes than all other Florida schools combined, often taking first and second place.