Mock Trial Spring 2015

Finalists and
Mock Trial Spring 2015 Finalists with Judge Fred Slaughter. From left: Michael Soter (’16), Sheila Mojtehedi (’16), Judge Slaughter, Tyler Alexander (’16), Tommy Du (’15).

Results of Final Trial, March 18, 2015

  • First Place: Tommy Du and Sheila Mojtehedi, representing the Defendant
  • Second Place: Tyler Alexander and Michael Soter, representiong the Plaintiff

2015 Competition Individual Awards

  • Best Advocate: Sheila Mojtehedi
  • Best Opening Statement: Tommy Du
  • Best Cross Examination: Matthew Bradbury

Presiding Judge of Final Trial

Orange County Superior Court Judge Fred W. Slaughter

Jurors/Scorers

  • Prof. Robert Solomon, UCI Law
  • Jesse Gessin
  • Nick George ’14
  • Sabyl Landrum ’13
  • Joel Mallord
  • Matthew Plunkett ’12

The case argued in the competition was a civil wrongful death lawsuit brought against a toy manufacturer. Local attorneys—including UCI Law alumni—from private firms, government and public interest offices served as jurors/scorers of the competition. Balloting in the final round was incredibly close, with just a few points separating first and second place. All four final contestants demonstrated consummate professionalism and strong command of the Rules of Evidence and trial procedure.

Student members of the Mock Trial Board organized the tournament logistics. Board advisor Justin Bernstein, a business and securities litigator at Stradling, has coached UCI Law Mock Trial since its start. Bernstein is also president of the American Mock Trial Association.

Scenes from Mock Trial Spring 2015

  • Mock Trial courtroom
  • Attorneys for Plaintiff and Attorneys for Defense
  • Judge Slaughter
  • Michael Soter makes opening statement for Plaintiff
  • Plaintiff takes the stand
  • Witness testimony for plaintiff
  • Tommy Du and Sheila Mojtehedi
  • Tommy Du makes opening statement for Defense
  • Defense witness takes the stand
  • Direct examination of Defense witness by Sheila Mojtehedi
MORE PHOTOS on FLICKR >