Mock Trial Team Advances to National Finals

January 19, 2016

TAMU Law RMBLSA Mock Trial 2L teamTexas A&M Law RMBLSA 2L Mock Trial team:
L-R: Ashu Balimba, Zo Onyeise, coach Matthew Jackson, Lemarcus Henderson, Aaron Cartwright

In Denver this past weekend, the Texas A&M University School of Law 2L Mock Trial team of Ashu Balimba, Aaron Cartwright, Zo Onyeise and Lemarcus Henderson placed second at the Rocky Mountain Regionals of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (TMMTC), sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). 

The 2L team secured a spot in the TMMTC national finals to be held March 9-13 at NBLSA’s National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The team was coached by Matthew Jackson (’13), who was assisted by Doug Greene. While this was Jackson’s first team to coach, he was regional champion of this competition in 2013 and advanced to the national finals. 

This will be the fifth consecutive year that a law school team has advanced to the national finals of TMMTC.

The 3L team of Kristinia Anderson, Gregory Franklin, Jerek Hart and Jamillia Wren placed fourth this year, missing the national finals by ​one ballot point. The team was coached by Doug Greene. 

“I am so proud of the effort put forth by all of our students,” said Jennifer Ellis (’05), Director of Advocacy Programs. “They had to practice all during the holiday break, while many other students got to take a rest or travel.”

Good luck at the national finals!

Learn more about the Advocacy Program:

The Advocacy Program at Texas A&M School of Law is a key component of making Aggie law students practice-ready. Directed by Jennifer Ellis ('05), the Advocacy Program consists of three disciplines: appellate advocacy (moot court), trial advocacy (mock trial) and dispute resolution (mediation, negotiation and client counseling).

The Texas A&M Law Moot Court, Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution teams are nationally recognized. Since the law school’s inception, the program has received 3 international, 11 national, 19 regional and one state championship, 14 best advocate and 13 best brief awards.

- Article by Jennifer Nassar, Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University School of Law