Mock Trial Team Heads to Nationals

Mock Trial Team Heads to Nationals
The Mock Trial team took seventh place in the regional competition.

Cal Poly Pomona's Mock Trial Team placed seventh out of the 28 teams who competed at the American Mock Trial Association Pacific Regional Competition in Rancho Cucamonga on Feb. 23 and 24.

Cal Poly Pomona trotted its way to the top amid competitors from schools such as UCLA, UC San Diego, USC and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This tremendous show of force garnered Cal Poly Pomona a bid to compete at the Tucson National Tournament hosted at Arizona State University on March 14 – 16. This is the second time in the team's five year history that Cal Poly Pomona has earned a national bid.   

Cal Poly Pomona student James Perry was specifically lauded with an Outstanding Attorney trophy. Only 11 such trophies were awarded to the nearly 200 mock trial attorneys competing over the weekend.  Fellow teammates Ella Tarnate and Jaquelyn Coella also brought trophies home for outstanding performances as trial witnesses.  

To compete on the team students must first successfully complete PLS 308. The course is offered in the fall of every year and is instructed by alumnus Raul C. Sabado.  Professor Sabado is a trial attorney with the Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Attorney and alumna Orsolya Forgo was the team's assistant coach.

“The beauty of the students' success in this program is that it's multi-faceted,” remarked Sabado. “Students bring national glory to Cal Poly while earning one of the most attractive extracurricular activities one can declare on a law school application.”  

Sabado reports that, “every successful graduate of our program who has applied to law school has matriculated into a top 100 law school.”  

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