The Mock Trial Board is a student-run organization that promotes the practical development of aspiring trial lawyers at Duke Law through participation in mock trial competitions at both the intra- and inter-scholastic levels. Board members are selected through the intrascholastic Duke Law Mock Trial Tournament, held annually during the spring semester. These members represent Duke Law in interscholastic tournaments throughout the country, including the ATLA National Trial Advocacy Tournament, the TYLA National Trial Competition, the Georgetown National White Collar Tournament, and the National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition. The Board recently expanded its membership so that it could send more students to national competitions and continue to build a national reputation for excellence in trial advocacy.
The 2017 Twiggs-Beskind Cup was was held this spring. Many teams participated in the competition, and the top performers were extended invitations to join the Mock Trial Board. During their tenure on the Board, each member is required either to serve as an officer or to compete in an interscholastic tournament each year they are on the board. The Mock Trial Board is led by an Executive Board composed of a president, vice president, treasurer, five Twiggs-Beskind tournament coordinators, and an interscholastic competition coordinator.
This year, Andrea Herman, Meredith Compton, Emani Walks and Luke Morgan won the Twiggs-Beskind cup, prevailing over classmates Molly Petrey, Ryan Rizzuto, Christina Rabionet, and Callie Thomas. The final round was presided over by the Honorable Judge James C. Dever III, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina.