Pictured from left to right are: seated, VICTORIA CUETO (3L), JULIAN STROLENY (3L), and AMY RUIZ (3L); standing, MARC SCHMULIAN (3L), PROFESSOR H. SCOTT FINGERHUT (Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program), MIKE RYAN (Coach and December 2009 alum), and CARLOS (“CHARLIE”) GARCIA (3L).
The FIU Law Trial Team recently finished in the top 4 at the Chester E. Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.
Bedell is the premier state mock trial tournament, which this year hosted 22 teams – two squads from all 11 Florida law schools. This year’s case file involved the cocaine trafficking trial of Sheila Stone, and FIU advanced to the semi-final round, only to fall to the ultimate tournament champion.
“Our Passionate Principled Advocates trained for almost three months – including over winter break –and continue to make us proud,” said Professor H.T. Smith, Director of the Trial Advocacy Program.
Bedell team members also included ARI GOLDBERG (3L), ALYSSA SUAREZ (3L), DAVID GOUDREAU (3L), and KENIA CODECIDO (2L).