Harvard, Texas Wesleyan, DePaul, Seattle and St. Mary’s. That’s the list of teams defeated by the squad that the University of Memphis School of Law fielded in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial tournament. Harvard, Texas Wesleyan, DePaul, Seattle and St. Mary’s.
| The members and coaches of the U of M team that won the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial completion are (from left), Bridgett Stigger (coach), LaChina Algers, Chandra Madison, Joseph McKinney, Angela Harris and Melanie Stovall Murry (coach). All are from Memphis except Madison, who is from Alton, Ill. (Courtesy photo)|
It marked the first time a team from the U of M has won a national mock trial competition. The contest is sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).
Team members were LaChina Algers, Angela Harris, Chandra Madison, and Joseph McKinney. They were coached by Melanie Stovall Murry, associate counsel for the U of M, and Bridgett Stigger, a recent U of M law graduate and former team member.
The top three teams from each of the six NBLSA regions competed for the national title.
“I’m thrilled for the Thurgood Marshall team and their coaches,” said Barbara Kritchevsky, director of advocacy. “It is great to have our first national mock trial title and first national title in quite a while.”
Murry added, “I’m very proud of the students. They worked extremely hard, and their victory was well deserved.”
In a mock trial, teams conduct a simulated trial based on a set problem, calling witnesses and addressing the jury. Students must be prepared to argue for the prosecution or the defense.