Two stars shine at Lone Star Classic Mock Trial Competition

(l to r) Jordan Cox, Lauren Hobbis, Jamie Rutkoski and Morgan Yarborough.

(l to r) Jordan Cox, Lauren Hobbis, Jamie Rutkoski and Morgan Yarborough.

There was no time off for members of the University of South Carolina School of Law mock trial team during the fall break, as they traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the 2016 Lone Star Classic competition. During the Oct. 13-15 invitational contest, the team advanced to the semi-finals and also won two individual awards, adding to their ever-growing trophy case.

The competition hosted 16 different ABA-accredited law schools from across the country. The University of South Carolina School of Law ranked #2 among all in the preliminary round and advanced to the semi-final round.

The team was comprised of third-year students Jordan Cox, Lauren Hobbis, and Jamie Rutkoski, and second-year student Morgan Yarborough. Coaches included Brett Bayne, ’11, who also teaches trial advocacy at the law school, and Monica Bracey, ’15.

Hobbis and Rutkoski argued for the defense in the semi-final round against defending-champions from University of Maryland. In the preliminary rounds, Hobbis took home the award for Best Opening Statements, and Rutkoski received the award for Best Closing Argument.

The team seeks the crown in the “queen city” as they travel to Charlotte the weekend of Oct. 21 for their next competition.