On April 17, and for the second year in a row, a team from Campbell University School of Law bested teams from across the nation, winning the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge hosted by the South Texas College of Law in Houston.
Campbell student advocates Jacob Morse, Dutch Entwistle and Casey Peaden—all second-year students and recipients of full scholarships—defeated a group from Stetson University College of Law in the finals, earning Campbell its third national title in four years.
Morse was named the Championship Best Advocate for his performance in the finals.
Morse, Entwistle and Peaden were coached by 2012 Campbell Law graduate Maria Hawkins of the Triangle Law Group and Campbell Law assistant professor and advocacy program director Dan Tilly.
Tilly called the trio the finest student advocates in the country.
“It is one thing to practice a trial behind the scenes; it is quite another to do it live in the courtroom in front of a sitting trial judge and opposing counsel,” Tilly said. “They are outstanding advocates and will be stellar lawyers.”
The trial competition featured 32 law schools from all corners of the country. En route to its title, Campbell defeated Georgetown, American University, Faulkner, Texas Southern, Texas A&M, Houston and Stetson.