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Stetson Advances to National Competition


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Stetson Law's team won the right to advance to the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in April.

Stetson Law's team won the right to advance to the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in April. (L-R): Nelson Baez, Sara Mieczkowski, Aaron Watson and Derrick Connell. Click for high-resolution image.

Stetson University College of Law will send a team of students to compete in the American Association  for Justice’s National Student Trial Advocacy Competition April 2-5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. At a regional competition held in Providence, R.I., Feb. 27-March 1, Stetson’s student team of Nelson Baez, Derrick Connell, Sara Mieczkowski and Aaron Watson won the right to advance along with 13 other law schools from across the country to the national AAJ competition in April.

“This is one of the biggest competitions of the year,” said Professor Lee Coppock, who directs Stetson’s trial team and travelled with the team to Rhode Island. “This competition is not an invitational. Our students had to earn their way to the nationals and we could not be more proud.”

Judge David A. Demers, Adjunct Professor Susan Demers and Professor Roberta Flowers  coached the winning Stetson Law team to victory at the regional competition.

Trial advocacy competitions allow law students to develop and practice their trial skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench.