LSU Law students Tyler Robbins and Chaz Coleman won the Fall 2017 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition on Oct. 5 at LSU Law.
Robbins and Coleman successfully defended their client in the case judged by United States Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III, US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Lindsay Blouin, Deputy Chief Defender, East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender; and Colin Clark, Deputy Solicitor General and Chief of Criminal Appeals, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.
Robbins and Coleman represented Courtney Act, who was charged with the first degree murder of her roommate Alyssa Edwards. Justin DiCharia and Emily Parish represented the State of Louisiana and finished runners-up in the 20-team competition.
The teams of Taylor Degruise/Aimee Simon and Brandi Barze/Molly Gunnels were seminfinalists in the Flory Mock Trial Competition. Allena McCain received first place Outstanding Oral Advocate, with Barze, Coleman, John Griffin and Simon tied for second place.
Named in honor of the late professor of the Law Center, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition is open to all second-and third-year law students and is sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Board. Flory was a professor at LSU Law for 36 years, and taught many course during his tenure, including Federal Procedure, Evidence, Bankruptcy and Negotiable Instruments. He was also instrumental in raising funds to increase the school library to the minimum requirements for accreditation and admission into the Association of the American Law Schools.