UNT Dallas College of Law sent students to Tulsa, Oklahoma last month to participate in the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association (TYLA) Regional Mock Trial Competition.
Two teams from UNT Dallas COL dug in deep and attacked, just as they had during weeks of preparation. Determined to make a statement in the three-day Region 11 tournament, the 2L and 3L squads were matched against a talented field, which represented law schools from North Arkansas, Central and West Missouri, Oklahoma and Northwest Texas.
Competition was stiff but the UNTD COL 3L Team of Abby Brown, Maia Bartee, and Samantha McDanel managed to defeat every formidable foe on their way to victory.At the end of the tournament, they sauntered away with the TYLA Mock Trial Championship and Region 11 bragging rights for an entire year.
Challengers from the twelve-school region were pitted in rounds of fierce trial maneuvers.UNTD COL, the youngest college of law in the country, was on a mission to prove they belonged and that it doesn’t take 50 years to build a winning program.
Coach Lauren Black went in with high expectations.
“I was confident we would advance because I knew the girls were that good!” said Black. “The students gave it their all during each round and continued the fight until they were named 1st Place Regional Champions!”
As her 3L group sets its sight on winning the TYLA Nationals, Black reminds them to dig in again but also remember to live in the moment. “The students really stepped up and gave it their all. As Queen would say, we are the Champions my friend... and we'll keep on fighting till the end."
The UNTDCOL 2L team of Thompson Du, Braxton Markle, and Ryan Alt exited the TYLA Regionals without notching a second-round win. However, the underclassmen more than left their mark despite missing a vital part of the training.
“The 2L men performed admirably,” said Peter Alexander.
As their coach applauded his team’s effort, Alexander was noticeably impressed.
“As second-year students, they have not yet taken Courtroom Advocacy Skills, which is the course that teaches them trial skills and technique,” he added. “They had solid performances in the first round, a round that they won, so that indicates they have a lot of innate ability, and that bodes well for their return to competition next year as 3L students.”
The TYLA Regionals presented tough competition throughout.Lauren Black was optimistic about the next step for her talented 3L squad.“We will focus on preparing for a new problem! All regional finalists will be mailed a new problem on March 6th,” she said. “We then have less than 30 days to practice and get prepared for the National Competition starting April 1st.We’ll be ready.”
UNT Dallas College of Law is reaching new heights in trial competition. Their legacy of overcoming difficult obstacles is growing each year and many of their Texas-sized dreams have already come true.