Trial Team Wins Attorney General’s Cup

From left: Sarah Crites, Pallavi Garg, 
Adjunct Professor Jennifer Hofman,
Stanley Thompson, and Elad Gross

The law school’s Trial Team recently won the Championship Round of the Third Annual Missouri Attorney General’s Cup Competition in Jefferson City. Law students Pallavi Garg and Stanley Thompson won the mock trial competition, with teammates Sarah Crites and Elad Gross also competing.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will visit the law school for a formal presentation of the Championship Cup to the team. The competition pits students from Missouri’s four law schools—Washington University, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Saint Louis University. Washington University also won the inaugural year.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for law students from across Missouri to hone their courtroom skills and learn how to better prepare themselves for courtroom practice following admission to the Bar,” Koster said.

This year’s team was coached by adjunct professors Judge David Mason, JD '83, Jennifer Hofman, and Mark Rudder, JD '91. The 2012 case scenario involved a wrongful death claim against a school board. The mock lawsuit was brought by the parents of a student who was struck and killed by a vehicle after getting off her school bus.

The Trial Team also participated in the NITA Tournament Of Champions (TOC) in Chicago. Team advocates Katherine Coleman, Robert Gardner, James Miao, and Erika Wurst competed in this invitational limited to the 16 law schools with the most successful competition records over the preceding three years. The law school has earned an invitation to the TOC in all but two years since the start of the TOC in 1989. The team was coached by adjunct professors Judge Mason, Hofman, David Fahrenkamp, and Megan Appleby, JD '08.