NITA invited 16 schools to compete in the tournament, based on the schools’ performances in other national competitions, and Baylor 3Ls Leah Maxwell, Stephen Netherton, David Shaw and Blayne Thompson were victorious.
The three other law schools that made it to the semifinal rounds were St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, N.Y.; the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law; and the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.
The Baylor Law students also won the team professionalism award, and Netherton took home the award for best advocate in the final rounds.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law hosted the mock trial competition, which took place Oct. 24-28.
“What a fantastic victory for Baylor Law — to succeed in the company of an invited lineup of the most successful and high-profile mock trial competitors in the nation is amazing,” Bradley B. Toben, dean of the Waco law school, writes in a prepared statement.
— Jeanne Graham