William and Mary wins Stetson’s National Pretrial Competition



College of William and Mary law student Johanna Orleski was named Best Advocate in both the final and semifinal rounds of competition. Chapman University School of Law won the Best Brief Award.

Thirteen law schools from around the nation sent students to compete on Stetson Laws campus in Gulfport . It was the first time the College of William and Mary School of Law participated in the competition.

“The National Pretrial Competition captures the real world practice that most law students will experience after graduation in a way not found in any other trial or moot court competition,” said Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy Charles H. Rose III, who directs Stetsons Center for Excellence in Advocacy. “Students get to take the substantive knowledge they learned in the first two years of law school and apply it in a setting that rewards analytical excellence and superior communication skills. By the time they have completed this competition, the participants are well on their way to developing skills for success in the day-to-day practice of law.”

Young Lawyers Division president Renee E. Thompson helped judge the competition.

Stetson University College of Law has ranked at or near the top for trial advocacy every year since the U.S. News & World Report began the rankings. In 1994, Stetson Law became the only law school to win all five national trial advocacy competitions.

To learn more about advocacy at Stetson Law, visit http://www.law.stetson.edu/advocacy.

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