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DiCharia, Parish win Fall 2018 Flory Trial Competition

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Fall 2018 Flory Winners Justin DiCharia and Emily Parish

LSU Law students Justin DiCharia and Emily Parish won the Fall 2018 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition on Sept. 25 at LSU Law.

DiCharia and Parish successfully defended their client in the case judged by 19th Judicial District Court Judges Fred T. Crifasi and Donald Johnson, and East Baton Rouge Parish Chief Public Defender Michael Mitchell.

DiCharia and Parish represented Conrad Grayson, who was charged with solicitation for murder of his wife, Victoria Grayson. John Griffin and Erick Norem represented the State of Louisiana and finished runners-up in the competition.

The teams of Hayley Franklin/Vincent Nguyen and Kia Jackson/Evan McMichael were semifinalists in the Flory Trial Competition. Natalie Ebolum  received first place Outstanding Oral Advocate, with Ryan Hebert and Marcus Wilson tied for second, and Griffin and Benoy Sanil tied for third 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.