Haub Law team wins first place in the northeast region in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition

January 28, 2020


Team Readies for National Competition in Cincinnati in March

WHITE PLAINS, NY (February 2020)  – Beating out some of the top law schools in the country for the second year in a row, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University has captured first place in the regional competition of the prestigious Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition.

The team competed in the regional mock trial run by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) on January 25, 2020. They will now move to the national competition in Cincinnati, Ohio during the first week in March.

“I want to congratulate the team on a stellar performance,’’ said Dean Horace Anderson. “Not only is this the second first-place win we have had in this rigorous competition, but it is the third time we’ve taken first place in the last four years. Clearly, we are preparing our students to succeed.’’

This year’s team members were Brianna Pryce, Kurt Jones, Diana Beague, and Gabriela Tavarez.  Last year's team members were Ameera Bing, Jamal Wyse, Brianna Pryce, and Kurt Jones. The coach was Adjunct Professor Betty Lawrence Lewis, assisted by Ikeisha Al Shabazz.

In the regional competitions, up to 18 teams compete in rounds that simulate a trial. Each four-member team offers opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teamwork, and timeliness and accuracy of objections. The top three teams from each of NBLSA's six regional competitions vie for the national award.


About the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University: Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information visit http://law.pace.edu.

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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