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TAB Mock Trial Team Wins Title of Best Advocates in Kentucky, Brings Trophy Home to UK Law

December 8, 2016

The University of Kentucky College of Law’s TAB Mock Trial team of Ben Harris and Caleb Taylor won the 2016 Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, held November 17-20 at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

UK Law had eight members compete in the annual competition that rotates between the three Kentucky law schools. Each school fielded two teams, for a total of six sets of competitors. During the championship round, UK Law defeated Louisville, who has held the title for the past two years. Second-year law student Taylor provided the closing arguments, while third-year law student Harris handled the openings.

"This tournament was a great way to interact with the other law schools in the state,” said Taylor. “Northern Kentucky and Louisville were both well prepared. I am glad we were able to take the trophy back from UL."

Additionally, UK Law’s team of Jaquilen Graves and Ryan Mosely also competed. 

UK Law students Austin Flau, Garrett Gabehart, Irvin Henriquez-Guerrero, and Tatum Isaacs, served as trial witnesses to provide support to the teams.

Allison Connelly, Director of the Legal Clinic and James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law, is the coach of the college’s highly successful trial teams.

“UK Law is proud of our students and faculty for their hard work and dedication, all for the sake of improved learning outcomes,” said Dean David A. Brennen. “We enjoy watching them rise towards their personal best, succeeding in the classroom, at competitions and beyond. We look forward to seeing that same success in their legal careers one day.”