Trial Advocacy Team Advances in Criminal Competition

 Tammi Luong (coach), Dale Durham (coach), Josh Jones, Erin Christoff, Kyle Tang and Justin Blaylock
Left to right: Tammi Luong (coach), Dale Durham (coach), Josh Jones, Erin Christoff, Kyle Tang and Justin Blaylock.

This weekend, the WLS Trial Advocacy Honors Board sent a team to compete in the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice in San Francisco. This was Whittier Law School’s first time participating in this competition, which drew schools from around the country including Berkeley, Northwestern, and Fordham. The competition packet itself was daunting — nearly 300 pages that included detailed forensic and other expert testimony regarding a first degree murder case.

Out of 24 teams, the Whittier Law team advanced to the quarterfinals, where they faced 1st-ranked Florida State. The team consisted of Justin Blaylock, Erin Christoff, Josh Jones, and Kyle Tang, as well as shadow team members Andrew Cobb, Talia Gallo, Aleta Hudson, and Chelsea Monahan. With Associate Dean Pritikin as the faculty advisor, the team was coached by alumni Tammi Luong ’07 and Dale Durham ’14. Congratulations to the participants on their performance in out school’s first foray into this competition.

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