April 14, 2011
Barristers’ Union Mock Trial Finalists Will Argue Murder, Grand Theft Auto Case April 27
The final round of the Barristers’ Union Mock Trial Competition will be held Wednesday, April 27, at Yale Law School. The competition will be held in Room 127 starting at 3:30 p.m. and is expected to run until approximately 7 p.m.
Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York will preside over the case, State v. Blizard, to be argued by finalists Lewis Bollard ’13 and Andrew Hahn ’13 for the prosecution and Julie Duncan ’12 and Nic Marais ’11 for the defense.
The case involves charges of murder and grand theft auto. The defendant, Alan Blizard, stands accused of murdering Adam McKenzie and stealing the van where the murder took place. Each competitor will present a witness on direct examination, cross examine one of the opponent’s witnesses, and give either an opening statement or a closing argument.
The Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union provides students with the opportunity to learn trial advocacy skills in an educational, fun, and competitive environment. All students are eligible to participate in both the intramural and national competitions, both of which take place during the spring semester. The intramural competition is open only to Yale Law School students and culminates in a championship trial during the spring semester, over which a sitting judge or prominent attorney presides.