Stanford Law School Mock Trial

SLS Team Wins TYLA Regional Tournament

February 22, 2009

Stanford Law School earned a bid to the TYLA National Championship Tournament this weekend.

The program sent two squads to the qualifying tournament, which is organized by the Texas Young Lawyers' Association. The regional featured fourteen teams from West Coast law schools arguing a criminal case involving an alleged dogfighting conspiracy.

Team "TYLA 1" -- Samantha Bateman (SLS '10), Rachel Juarez (SLS '10), and Rakesh Kilaru (SLS '10) qualified for nationals after four hard-fought rounds. After a narrow loss to Berkeley in the first round, TYLA 1 went on to defeat McGeorge (the other team to qualify out of the region) in the second round and advance to semifinals. In the semis, they defeated the same Berkeley team they faced in round one, and then beat McGeorge's other squad to advance to nationals.

Team "TYLA 2" -- captain Casey McCracken (SLS '09), Mark Hernandez (SLS '10), and Kyle Maurer (SLS '11) -- also broke to semis. Notably, TYLA 2 was the only team to win on the prosecution side of the case in the first round. In the semifinals, TYLA 2 lost by the narrowest of margins to eventual regional co-champion McGeorge.

With two teams in the semifinals and one team advancing to nationals, this marks the most successful year for SLS at the TYLA tournament to date.

The program would like to thank Amanda Bonn for coaching the teams all weekend, local attorneys Ron Wecht and Andy Kumamoto for judging scrimmages, and Chidel Onuegbu for her patience and kindness in securing financial support for the team's efforts.

SLS looks forward to representing Region 13 at the national tournament in March.


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