Campbell Law wins South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

Campbell Law students Kaitlin Rothecker, Terry Brown Jr. and Lauren Fussell.
RALEIGH — Campbell Law student advocates have collected the national championship at the prestigious South Texas Mock Trial Challenge for the second time in three years.
Third-year students Terry Brown, Jr., Lauren Fussell, and Kaitlin Rothecker won every single trial in all seven rounds of the competition, an unprecedented 22 of 23 ballots, on their way to taking home the winning Treece-O’Quinn Championship Trophy on Sunday, March 29.
The team defeated fellow law school competitors from Mississippi College, the University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M, Pacific McGeorge, American, Baylor, and Georgia State.
Rothecker picked up a handful of individual awards as well. At the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, she was awarded the Williams Kherkher Trophy as the most professional advocate from a field of more than 140 competitors. Following the championship finals, she collected the Laminack, Pirtle & Martines Trophy as the best advocate in the championship final round.
Brown, Jr. and Rothecker tried both sides of a medical battery damages case representing the family of the victim in some rounds and then immediately turning around and representing the defendant hospital on the other side — often on the same day. Fussell served as dynamic expert witness offering medical testimony on both sides throughout the competition. The case was based solely on future and punitive damages, requiring students to present or oppose millions of dollars in claims.
Campbell Law Director of Advocacy & Assistant Professor Dan Tilly coached the team.
“Terry, Kaitlin and Lauren once again proved that they are among the very brightest and most talented young lawyers in the country,” said Tilly. “Over the past two years they have worked tirelessly in preparing themselves to practice at the highest level. I’ve been privileged to see their remarkable development and be part of their brilliant rise to the top.”
Campbell Law previously won the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in March 2013.
Hosted by South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge is one of the preeminent mock trial competitions in the country. As the largest invitational trial competition in America, the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge hosts teams from across the nation. Most competing schools opt to send their very best advocates, many of whom competed at other national competitions this spring.