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Thomas Jefferson places 3rd in mock trial tournament

Thomas Jefferson School of Law's mock trial team placed third in the criminal division at the seventh Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition.

The event, hosted by the University at Buffalo Law School Nov. 11-14, consisted of five rounds and featured a combination civil/criminal competition involving four-member teams from 32 law schools. The criminal division focused on the case of an angry rock band member on trial for the murder of the band's cancer-stricken star singer, who canceled a big reunion tour that would have made millions.

Jimmy Praley, Ashley Whitham, Pratik Shah and Mei Owen competed for Thomas Jefferson.

"The entire team is to be commended for the countless additional hours that they put in on weekends and other times on their own initiative," said Jane Siegel, Thomas Jefferson's mock trial program director and an adjunct professor.

Shah, a second-year law student, won the individual award for best cross examination.

Lisa (Dorneker) Moffat, a 2007 TJSL alumna who currently works for the San Diego County district attorney's office, helped coach the team.

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