For the first time ever, Mississippi College School of Law advanced to the semifinal round of the Stetson National Pretrial Competition on Oct. 8-9, 2010. The students traveled to Gulfport, FL, to compete against 11 other teams.
Two teams represented MC Law during the competition. Third-year advocates Michael Saltaformaggio of Baton Rouge, LA, and Seth Thompson of Ellisville, MS, composed one team, and Jamie Manley of Natchez, MS, and Brian Burns of Philadelphia, MS, composed the other.
MC Law lost a close round in the semifinals to William and Mary, which went on to receive the best oralist award and to win the overall competition against Chicago Kent.
"It was a really worthwhile experience to take part in this competition. Our coaches did a great job preparing and helping us know what to expect,” said Jamie Manley. “The competition itself involved some very prestigious schools, advancing to the semifinal round and finishing third overall was a huge accomplishment."
In addition to MC Law, teams from William and Mary, Chicago Kent, Thomas Cooley School of Law, Baylor, Regent University, John Marshall, Georgetown, Louisiana State University, University of Illinois, Texas Tech, and Stetson Law participated.
The competition focused on the components found in pretrial hearings. Competitors wrote briefs, presented evidence, and made oral arguments before a judge. The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Florida Bar Association and Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy co-sponsored this event for law students competing from across the country.
The team was coached by Professor Meta Copeland ('98) and Bill Lovett ('01) of Wise, Carter, Child & Caraway, P.A.