Over the weekend of February 22, 2014, two teams from Gonzaga competed in the National Trial Competition (NTC). This was Gonzaga’s regional competition and the teams competed against 24 other teams from twelve law schools, including Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, UC- Hastings, Lewis & Clark, Santa Clara, UW, Seattle University, Golden Gate University, University of Oregon, McGeorge, and Willamette.
The two teams were comprised of Tanya Barton (3L-captain), TJ Darmofal (2L), Kyle Nelson (2L), Lorianne Frodsham (3L-captain), Corey Holton (3L), and Tyler Rube (2L). Additionally, Tamara Fundrella (2L) was the alternate and participated in all of the practices. “While we did not advance to Nationals, both teams did very well and received lots of positive feedback,” explained Professor Heidi Holland, coach of the teams. “Just as importantly, all of them got the opportunity to practice their oral advocacy skills and put the Rules of Evidence to good use.”
The NTC was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program, which is cosponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.
A special thank you to Professor Brooks Holland and National Trial Team alum Jason Johnson, Stephen Sennett, Richard Hy, Ian Stamme, Danielle Purcell, and Preston McCollam for judging the practice rounds.