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North Carolina Finishes 11th Place at National High School Mock Trial Championship

This past weekend, Ward Family Law Group attorney, Dale V. Stephenson, co-coached Broughton High School’s Mock Trial team to finish in the Top Fifteen at the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Forty six teams competed at Nationals from every region across the country – including a team from South Korea. Dale’s team represented the great state of North Carolina and competed among the very best of High School Mock Trial advocates in the United States, beating out over 3,500 teams across the nation. This year, the national competition was held virtually in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Broughton’s Mock Trial team is coached by the trial advocacy duo Dale V. Stephenson of Ward Family Law Group and Chris Nichols of Nichols Law Firm, and teacher coach Laura Lineberger. Broughton’s Mock Trial team is led by two senior captains Jacob Rabin and Parker Furr. In addition to Rabin and Furr, the team also consists of senior Eugenia Hartness, and three juniors: Walt Brunson, Olivia Sanchez-Dunn, and Mary Grace Fields. 

Throughout the three-day competition, which is divided over four separate rounds, the students are judged on their ability to articulate complex legal arguments, public speaking, and critical thinking as they present a fictitious court case. From Nationals alone, three of Dale’s students were chosen to receive the “Star Attorney Award” and/or “Star Witness Award” following each of the four rounds. In fact, junior Walt Brunson was awarded “Top 10 Best Witness” (out of over 500 other students), an award hand selected by the esteemed judges of the National Competition. 

Please join us in congratulating Dale and her students for this tremendous accomplishment. 

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