|Cal Poly Pomona?s Mock Trial team walked away with an eighth-place finish at the American Mock Trial Association Nationals Championship Round in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 10-12.|
Only in its third year, Cal Poly Pomona's Mock Trial team walked away with an eighth-place finish at the American Mock Trial Association Nationals Championship Round in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 10-12. For the first time, two Cal Poly Pomona teams qualified for the national tournament after a strong showing at the Western Regional competition Feb. 18-19.
At the Florida competition, Cal Poly Pomona placed eighth out of 25 schools despite a last-minute quandary when two team members flight from Las Vegas was delayed and roles had to be reassigned.
Before joining the mock trial team, students prepared by taking PLS 299, a Mock Trial class open to all majors and class levels. The course was taught by head coach Raul Sabado, a Los Angeles County public defender. He was aided by assistant coaches Reza Shaeri and Orsi Forgo. All three coaches graduated from Cal Poly Pomona before attending law school. In addition, a number of practicing attorneys from the community donated their time by serving as volunteer judges at practice sessions.
“I only wish that I had the opportunity to learn to think and perform like a trial attorney when I was here at Cal Poly Pomona,” said Sabado. “The legal reasoning and analysis the students learn in this program is very similar to what is taught in law schools.”