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The University of Texas School of Law Wins
2011 John L. Costello National Criminal Law
Trial Advocacy Competition

The University of Texas won the National Championship in the 2011 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. The UT Law team members, Lauren Sprouse ('11), Robert Clopton ('11), Tony McDonald ('12), and Bryan Acklin ('12), beat Catholic University in the final round of the competition to bring home the national title.

The Costello mock trial team is coached by Jay Adkins ('82), Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and Ciara Williams ('07) of The Law Offices of C.M. Williams. This is the first time the University of Texas has participated in the Costello competition, and the first time Adkins and Williams have coached an interscholastic team.

Hosted by George Mason University School of Law, the competition was held February 10th-13th in Fairfax, Virginia, with 24 teams from across the country participating. Costello is different than other mock trial competitions in that unknown facts and witnesses are revealed as the competition progresses. This year's case involved a 21-year-old woman charged with DWI and involuntary manslaughter.

For more information about the UT Law interscholastic mock trial competitions or the UT Law Advocacy Program, please contact cbrandt@law.utexas.edu.