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March 26, 2012

William & Mary Fraternity Places Second in Mock Trial Competition

Wythe Chapter 1 of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International from the College of William & Mary recently placed second in the fraternity’s annual Mock Trial Competition for Law School Chapters.

Thirty-two teams competed in the mock trial, Commonwealth of Padland v. Maxine/Maxwell Ability (aka Max Ability) concerning an alleged car theft. The competition was March 8-10.

Team members were Emily Gomes, Andrew King, Skyler Peacock, and Keith Buzby. They received a plaque at the banquet following the competition.

Mock Trial began in 2008 as a local competition for Las Vegas Phi Alpha Delta chapters. The following year an invitation was extended to all chapters. In 2011, the competition moved to Arlington, Virginia, where thirty-two teams competed. The same was done this year.

With more than sixty attorneys serving as judges, the competition had well-qualified attorneys presiding over and scoring the competition. Judges included JAG officers, prosecutors, public defenders, U.S. attorneys, trial lawyers, and other practicing attorneys.

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the largest professional law fraternity in the world. Established in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta was the first law fraternity to open membership to all genders, races, creeds, and national origins and the first to establish a pre-law program to assist undergraduate students interested in the law. The fraternity’s mission is to advance integrity, compassion, and courage through service to the student, the school, the legal profession, and the community.

Pictured at the mock trial awards ceremony are International board member-at-large Jay Ross; International advocate Stephen Savva; William & Mary team members Keith Buzby, Skyler Peacock, Emily Gomes, and Andrew King; and Director of Law Operations Jon Bassford.   Photo credit: District X Justice B.J. Maley

Updated: Mar 26, 2012