Mock Trial Team Wins TYLA Regional Competition

L to R: Matt Abee, Morgan Barham, Steven Luckie, Monica Bracey, Brett Bayne

Matt Abee, Morgan Barham, Steven Luckie, Monica Bracey, Brett Bayne

The University of South Carolina School of Law Mock Trial team claimed another victory on Feb. 1, 2015. Third-year students Monica Bracey and Steven Luckie and second-year Morgan Barham, along with teams from 14 law schools in North and South Carolina and Georgia, competed in the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Region 5 National Trial Competition in Charleston. The USC team defeated Wake Forest in the semifinals and Georgia in the finals to secure its chance to vie for the national title against 13 other teams from across the country at the TYLA National Trial Competition in Houston on March 12 and 13.

“This win means so much to the mock trial program at the School of Law,” Luckie said. “Along with the win at the Carolinas Invitational Mock Trial Competition this past fall, it’s a testament to our members’ hard work and the direction in which the program is headed.”

Barham credits coaches Brett Bayne, Matt Abee and Kinli Abee with helping the team arrive at the competition ready to win. “Our coaches are amazing because they took time out of their busy schedules to make sure we were prepared and confident,” she said. Bayne, an attorney with McAngus Goudelock & Courie and adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the School of Law, is the team’s faculty advisor and coach. Matt Abee, a program alumnus and attorney with Nelson Mullins, volunteered countless hours alongside his wife Kinli, an Assistant Attorney General, to help the team get ready for competition.

“Excellent coaching and the strong foundation established by the program’s alumni ensure that we will build on these successes in the future,” Luckie said. “I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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