RALEIGH – A pair of teams from Campbell Law School swept all ballots in the final round of the 38th National Trial Competition for Region V over the weekend, besting competing groups from 11 other law schools throughout the region.
Andrew Shores and Melanie Turnbull, as well as Keith Gordon and Leesa Poag, will now advance to represent Campbell Law at the 2013 National Trial Competition, April 3-7, in San Antonio, Texas.
This year’s regional competition involved a criminal murder case in which the defendant offered a plea of insanity. Participating teams prepared for and argued both sides of the case.
“Andrew, Melanie, Keith and Leesa served as great representatives of Campbell Law at this competition,” said Campbell Law advocacy director and professor Dan Tilly. “They have worked tirelessly in preparation for this event, and their success is a testament to their hard work and determination. We are immensely proud of them, and we look forward to competing in San Antonio.”
Campbell Law served as one of 14 regional host institutions for the competition, orchestrating events at both the law school and the Wake County Courthouse. Under the NTC format, the top two teams from each of the 14 regionals advance to the national competition.
Twelve law schools took part in the Region V action, including Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Campbell Law, Charlotte School of Law, Duke University, Elon University, Emory University, Mercer University, North Carolina Central University, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, and Wake Forest University. Two teams competed from each of the 12 institutions.
PICTURED (left to right): Andrew Shores, Melanie Turnbull, Leesa Poag and Keith Gordon