Law Students Coach Undergraduate Trial Team to Victory

Last year, the Virginia Law Weekly reported on something that had happened for the first time in history: a UVA Law student coached a team of undergraduates to a national title in trial advocacy. This year, it got even better.

For the second consecutive year, UVA’s undergraduate Mock Trial team won the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament, defeating Harvard University in the first final-round rematch in the history of the competition. The repeat national championship is one of only four in 23 years of undergraduate mock trial.

The team, coached last year by current head coach, second-year Ryan Faulconer, got some reinforcements this year in first-year Benjamin Sachs, a member of last year’s championship team as an undergraduate, and Professor Toby Heytens, a two-time All-American in the activity.