Mock Trial Spring 2014

Mock Trial Spring 2014 award winners, from left: Chris Campbell ('15), Best Opening Statement; Tommy Du ('15), Best Advocate, Best Cross Examination and First Place Team; Erik Johnson ('15), First Place Team; Nora Stefanos ('14) and Lupe Gonzalez ('14), Second Place Team.

Results of Final Trial, March 19, 2014

  • First Place: Tommy Du and Erik Johnson, representing the Defendant
  • Second Place: Lupe Gonzalez and Nora Stefanos, representing the State

Judges of Final Trial

  • Orange County Superior Court Judge Fred Slaughter (Presiding)
  • Mark Brown
  • Dan Cornelious
  • Sabyl Landrum
  • Marissa Oxman

2014 Competition Individual Awards

  • Best Advocate: Tommy Du
  • Best Opening Statement: Chris Campbell
  • Best Cross Examination: Tommy Du

More than 30 students competed in Mock Trial this year. The case argued in the competition was a criminal DUI murder matter.

Though this was the third Mock Trial competition at UCI Law, this was the first that was run by students. The Mock Trial board members are: Irene Chen, Erica Choi, Tommy Du, Cait Emmons, Christine Fukushima, Becca Maloney, Amy Nguyen, William Ninh, and Daisy Ocampo.

Board advisor Justin Bernstein, a business and securities litigator at Stradling, provided training to the 30+ participants and oversaw the structure of the program. Bernstein, who has coached UCI Law Mock Trial since its start, is also the president-elect of the American Mock Trial Association, and the coach for the #1-ranked UC Irvine undergraduate team.

Read more: Very close contest in 2014 Mock Trial finals >

Scenes from Mock Trial Spring 2014

  • Lupe Gonzales and Nora Stefanos
  • Erik Johnson, Tommy Du and defendant
  • Erik Johnson opening remarks
  • Witness testimony for the State
  • Judge Slaughter
  • Witness testimony for the State
  • Defendant takes the stand
  • Erik Johnson for the defense
  • Cross-exam of defendant
  • Cross-exam of defendant
  • Alumnus Sabyl Landrum provides feedback