BLSA, NTC trial advocates bring home awards; BLSA team moves on to Nationals

Photo of winning BLSA regional trial advocates

Campbell Law student trial advocates competed in two regional competitions over the weekend with each returning to Raleigh with wins and one moving on to nationals.

Photo of National Trial Competition Team MembersThe team, hosted by the National Black Law Students Association (BLSA), included third-year law students Tatiana Terry, Maurizo Lewis-Streit, Nichad Davis, and Ashley Urquijo. Coached by by 2015 graduate and former Wallace Advocacy Fellow Kimberly Dixon, the team won the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday. The team, which now heads to the National Competition on March 12-16 in Little Rock, Arkansas, is sponsored by alumni at the firm of  Ward and Smith, P.A.

Photo of NTC Trial Advocated competitingEach Campbell team in the National Trial Regional Competition (NTC) Region V Mock Trial, held in Columbia, South Carolina, had one member win the Outstanding Advocate award; Carlie Spencer ’20 and Michaela Weber ’20 won this recognition. Additionally, Spencer and Ethan Carpenter advanced to the eighth round before being knocked out by the University of South Carolina. The team was sponsored by Anderson Jones, PLLC and coached by Maria Hawkins, a 2012 Campbell Law graduate and associate attorney at Miller Law Group. 

The following BLSA Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition awards for Campbell Law were awarded by Clermon E. Acklin III, Southern regional director of the competition:


Best Direct Examination

– Marina Carmona (Nova Southeastern)

Ashley Urquijo (Campbell University)

Best Cross Examination

Tatiana Terry (Campbell University)

Best Advocate

– Tatiana Terry (Campbell University)


First Place – Campbell University

Second Place – Nova Southeastern

Third Place – University of Alabama


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2019, Campbell Law will celebrate 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.