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					Students Participate in Cohen & Cohen Mock Trial
        BY SARAH MARTIN                McGough and Patrick McGuire, and             The Cohen & Cohen Mock Trial           final event, stating that Anderson had
           Staff Writer                Utibe Ikpe and Elizabeth Newton.          is sponsored by Cohen & Cohen, P.C.,      done work for the D.C. Legal Corps,
                                          Four teams then advanced to the        a boutique personal injury firm in D.C.   Williams was a Backstreet Boy in
   The team of Dawna Anderson and      semifinal round, also held at the             Wayne Cohen, manager of the firm,     Law Revue, and DeKlotz had an uncle
Michael Williams won the 5th           school later that afternoon. The          is also a lecturer of law at GW Law       in attendance at the mock trial.
Annual Cohen & Cohen Mock Trial        teams were Anderson and Williams,         School, as well as a past president of    Johnson also relayed to the audience
Competition on Nov. 7 at GW Law        DeKlotz and Sanders, McGough and          the Trial Lawyers Association of          that Sanders sleeps with his eyes open.
School.                                McGuire, and Ikpe and Newton.             Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the           Cohen introduced the judge, the
   The winning team represented the       “Each and every round of this          local branch of the Association of        Honorable James Robertson. Robertson,
plaintiff, while the team of Patrick   year’ s competition ran very              Trial Lawyers of America.                 who has served as a United States
DeKlotz and Ryan Sanders argued        professionally and smoothly,” said            Cohen & Cohen, P.C. was recently      District Judge for the District of
for the defense.                       Jan Lawson, president of the Mock         named one of the top firms in the         Columbia since 1994, graduated
   Judge James Robertson presided      Trial Board. “I attribute this to the     district by Washingtonian magazine.       from GW Law School in 1965.
over the mock trial in the Jacob       hard work of my Executive Board, as           Before the mock trial began, Cohen       Larson noted, “During the final
Burns Moot Court Room.                 well as to the willing participation of   talked about the importance of trial      round, each of the competitors
   This year’s competition began in    local attorneys who serve as our          experience while in law school.           displayed a commendable amount of
September, when 44 2L and 3L           practitioner-judges.”                         He told the audience that as a        preparation and confidence.”
students combined to form 22 teams.       This year’s case problem was a         young lawyer, while representing a           After the winners were announced,
Each team was required to submit       personal injury action brought by Pat     pro bono client, a judge told him in      Cohen auctioned off a 5-day, 4-night
written motions and supporting         O’Callahan, an employee of a              chambers that he was “awful.” This        stay at a condominium at The
memoranda, as well as prepare both     television studio who was injured         experience was part of the reason         Canyons Grand Summit in Park City,
sides of the case.                     while working on the set.                 Cohen wanted to create the Cohen &        Utah. This raffle is sponsored by
   The first round was held at D.C.       The plaintiff asserted a negligence    Cohen Mock Trial.                         Capital Reporting Company, a
Superior Court on Oct. 20. Eight       cause of action against the owners            Cohen & Cohen is one of two           Washington, D.C. court reporting
teams advanced to the quarterfinal     and operators of the television set,      competitions a year put on by the         company. The winner of this year’s
round held at GW Law School on the     National Television Network Studio,       mock trial board.                         raffle was Jason Clark.
morning of Oct. 28.                    Inc.                                         Paul Kerlin, secretary of the Mock        “Every law student should
   The teams were Anderson and            Throughout the competition, each       Trial Board, said that the array of       consider participating in a mock trial
Williams, Kelly Breakey and            team argued before panels of              competitors this year was “very           competition such as Cohen &
Christine      Lamberti,     Lauren    practicing attorneys.                     impressive,” being both “well-            Cohen,” Larson said. “It provides an
Briggerman and Krishnakshi Das,           All of the competitors who             prepared” and “extremely enthusiastic.”   excellent opportunity to develop
William DuFour and Wasim Rahman,       advanced to the quarterfinal round           Senior Assistant Dean for Student      practical legal skills, such as public
Jason Clark and Matthew Orlins,        were later selected for membership        Affairs David Johnson introduced          speaking, working on a team, and
DeKlotz and Sanders, Maureen           on the Mock Trial Board.                  the two teams that made it to the         thinking on your feet.”

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