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
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
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
For more information regarding the Dillard University Mock Trial Team, contact Adria
Kimbrough at 504-816-4367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.