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UW Student Team Advances in Trial Competition

October 30, 2012 — A four-member team claimed first place in a University of Wyoming College of Law trial competition and has advanced to the regional competition next spring.

Members of the first-place team in the Hirst Applegate Trial Competition are Ethan Doak from Fort Collins, Colo.; Adrianna Potts from Saint Ignatius, Mont.; Kelby Scott from Lyman; and Adam Warren from Great Falls, Mont.

The runner-up team consisted of Cash Freeman and Tim Sowecke, Laramie; Graham Hersh, Denver Colo.; and Grant Smith, Conrad, Mont.

Earlier in the week, teams of UW College of Law students competed in multiple mock trials during the  preliminary rounds. The two highest-scoring teams from the preliminary rounds participated in the finals.

Practicing attorneys and judges from southeast Wyoming volunteered to serve as judges for the competition. The experience provides an opportunity for UW College of Law students to develop and practice trial skills in a hands-on setting -- coinciding with the College of Law’s experiential education initiative.

The winners of the Hirst Applegate Trial Competition go on to compete in the regional competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice. The goal of the national competition is to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys.

The UW College of Law Trial Competition is sponsored by the regional law firm of Hirst Applegate LLP, of Cheyenne.

The winning team members in the University of Wyoming Hirst Applegate Trial Competition are, from left, Ethan Doak, Fort Collins, Colo.; Kelby Scott from Lyman; Adrianna Potts from Saint Ignatius, Mont; and Adam Warren from Great Falls, Mont.

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