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Stetson Law trial team again wins the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition


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Gulfport, Fla. – The Stetson University College of Law Trial Team won the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition for the second year in a row on Jan. 18 in Miami.

This is the 17th time the team has won the competition. Student teams from eight Florida law schools competed.

Stetson’s team of Matthew Easterwood, Johanna Castellon, Anthony Wilson and Rachael Wood defeated students from the University of Florida in the final round of the state-wide competition.

Also competing were Andrew Hill, Ann Fiddler, Petra Risco-Adam and Tony Perez.

Stetson professor and trial team program director Professor Lee Coppock coached the winning team with former trial team member John Grant III.

“Stetson is honored to win another top spot in this premier annual competition,” said Professor Coppock. “We strive to train our students to be outstanding advocates and professionals.”

Stetson has won first place in more national-level trial competitions than any other law school in the nation and has consistently ranked as a top law school for trial advocacy by the U.S. News & World Report since it started rankings.