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Stetson students sweep Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition


Stetson Law Trial Teams

Two squads on Stetson Law’s Trial Team, coached by Professor Lee Coppock, met in the finals of the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition. Photos by Michael Cairns.

Stetson's Trial Team won first place in the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition.

Stetson’s Trial Team won first place at the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition. (L-R): Claudette Goyanes, Adriane Ovcharenko, Diego Novaes and Brandon Blake.

Stetson University College of Law students won the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 18 in Orlando, Fla. Stetson has won the competition 20 out of 30 times, including last year. A total of 22 teams from 11 Florida law schools competed.

Two teams of four Stetson Law students advanced to compete against each other in the final round of the competition.

The Stetson team of Brandon Blake, Claudette Goyanes, Diego Novaes and Adriane Ovcharenko won the competition, and Stetson student William Gower III was named Best Advocate.

The Stetson team of Gower, Erica Emas, Erica Farawell and Austin Miniard placed second in the competition.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis presided over the final round.

William Gower III was named Best Advocate at the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition.

William Gower III (L) was named Best Advocate. Shown here with Sarasota attorney Charles J. Bartlett.

Professor Lee Coppock coached the Stetson teams along with alumnus Matt Easterwood and Judge David A. Demers.