Third-year LSU Law students Jessica Brewer and Seth Madden won the Fall 2020 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition, which was conducted via Zoom.
Brewer and Madden beat fellow 3Ls Sara Duffy and Jordan Tambara in the final round of the competition, which was streamed live on Facebook.
The students argued the case of State of Louisiana vs. Courtney Act, a criminal trial in which the State of Louisiana charged the defendant, Courtney Act, with first-degree murder. The State of Louisiana was represented by Duffy and Tambara, while Act was represented by Brewer and Madden.
Serving as judges were Lindsay Blouin (’12), Deputy Chief Defender, East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender; Charles Watkins (‘12), Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of New York; and LSU Law Professor Jeff Brooks, Preis PLC Director of Advocacy & Professional Practice. Blouin and Watkins are very familiar with the Flory Mock Trial, having been partners in the competition while they were LSU Law students.
Named in honor of the late professor of the Law Center, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition is a mock trial competition open to all second-and third-year law students. A Flory Trial is held each semester; the fall Flory trial is traditionally a criminal case, while the spring Flory trial is a civil case.