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Dillard’s Mock Trial Team Makes an Impressive Showing at National Tournament

The students bested LSU and University of Louisiana Monroe in a competition designed to stimulate a courtroom environment and inspire the next generation of attorneys

The students bested LSU and University of Louisiana Monroe in a competition designed to stimulate a courtroom environment and inspire the next generation of attorneys

 

By Staff

In only their second year competing, the Dillard University Mock Trial Team brought home three wins Saturday (Sept. 30) at the Jackson Joust Mock Trial Tournament hosted by Millsaps College of Law in Jackson, Miss.

Dillard was one of only four universities in Louisiana, and one of only five Historically Black Colleges or Universities competing nationwide, winning 3 out of 4 ballots in rounds against LSU and the University of Louisiana Monroe. Sixteen other universities participated in the tournament including Millsaps College, University of Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi Valley State.

Below are Dillard’s results against LSU:

  •          1. Madison Torry, ‘19, was ranked as top “Outstanding Attorney” on one ballot.
  •          2. Jamya Robinson, ‘21, and Raven Morris, ’19 were also ranked as “Outstanding Attorneys.”
  •          3. Kiana Stewart, ‘18, and Aria Lowery, ‘20 earned the top two spots in the “Outstanding Witness” category.
  •          4. Donna Colbert, ‘19, was also listed as an “Outstanding Witness.”

 

Here are the results from the second round of competition against University of Louisiana Monroe:

 

  •          1. Kira Reney, ‘21, was ranked as top “Outstanding Attorney” on one ballot.
  •          2. LydiaPaige Moffett, ‘21, and Destiny Tucker, ’18, were also listed as “Outstanding Attorneys.”
  •          3. Aria Lowery and Chevel Powell, ’19, were rated as the top two “Outstanding Witnesses” on both ballots.



“I could not be more proud of our team’s performance this weekend,” said Dillard Pre-Law Advisor and Team Coach Adria Kimbrough. “We were a brand new team last year, but we have grown so much. This is a great way to start the season and I am excited about our progress.”

The Mock Trial Team members include Captains Raven Morris and Kira Reney, Ashley Berry, ‘21, Donna Colbert, Erin Dargin, ‘21, Aria Lowery, LydiaPaige Moffett, Chevel Powell, Jamya Robinson, BreAnna Salary, ‘18, Kiana Stewart, Madison Torry, and Destiny Tucker.


“Many of the judges were law students or actual trial judges,” Tucker said. “Not many people get these opportunities and it was just rewarding to compete.”

The Dillard’s Mock Trial Team was founded in 2016 and is a member of the American Mock Trial Association (“AMTA”) along with more than 350 other universities and colleges across the United States. Along with Kimbrough, local attorney Roman Griffith, and Orleans Parish Civil District Court Chief Judge, the Honorable Kern Reese, coached the students.

For more information regarding the Dillard University Mock Trial Team, contact Adria Kimbrough at 504-816-4367 or akimbrough@dillard.edu.

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