The mock trial team from The University of Akron (UA) School of Law finished second in the national Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), held April 12-15 in Raleigh, N.C. Coached by alumnus Kevin Kita, team members included those pictured above, from left, with one of the judges: Rachel Coles and Cassandra Rosa, of Akron; Jeananne Ayoub, of West Akron; and Logan Bryant, of Cuyahoga Falls.
According to UA officials, STAC, organized by the American Association for Justice, is one of the largest and most prestigious national mock trial competitions and includes 224 teams and about 900 students in law school. School officials said the team had a perfect record entering the regional competition, entered the quarter-finals and got wins and a tie to earn a spot in the national championship against The University of California, Hastings College of Law, where UA lost in a split decision.
This was the fourth time in the last five years that UA competed in the National Championship, and it’s the team’s best finish since 2014, according to UA officials. The team will compete in the Tournament of Champions, an exclusive tournament open to only the top trial programs in the country, next fall.
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