The Valparaiso University Trial Advocacy Team competed at the 13th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition at Michigan State University College of Law. The competition is sponsored by the Michigan State University Law Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board. This year, it featured thirty teams from law schools throughout the country. Each team consists of four members, two as advocates and two as witnesses, giving participants the chance to practice courtroom advocacy skills in front of judges and law practitioners. The teams presented both the prosecution and defense in the fictional murder trial State of Spartam v. Jack Napier.
Jon Carlson, Jared Vasiliauskas, Ben Young, Chelsea Caldwell and Todd Yelish represented Valparaiso University Law School. The team prepared in a mere three weeks with the help of Trista Hudson. They faced the University of Northern Kentucky, Faulkner University and the University of Missouri- Kansas City in the preliminary rounds. Unfortunately, they did not advance to the final rounds.
Awards were presented to the first place team, second place team, semi-finalist teams, best advocate, best opening statement, best direct examination, best cross-examination and best closing argument.