Paladins Win Second Bid to Ney National

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Paladin Mock Trial Supporters:

I am pleased to report that the Paladin mock trial team competing at the Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, GA) regional tournament this weekend earned Furman a second bid to the Ney National Tournament (to go with the one it earned in Orlando last weekend), which will be held on the Furman campus, March 23-25. I am delighted that Furman’s tradition of excellence in mock trial was again on display this weekend in North Georgia. As a result, our mock trial program has established itself as one of the elite programs in the nation that has earned TWO bids to the post-season.


Our Kennesaw team finished with 5 wins and 3 losses, winning both ballots against Spelman and Georgia State, losing both ballots to South Carolina, and winning and losing against Central Florida. Our strength of schedule was among the most difficult at the tournament; South Carolina’s team, composed of several fifth-year seniors, was undefeated.


Anna McDanal ’12, Hatchechubee, AL, and Emily Bridges ’12, Greenville, SC, are the team’s captains, and they lead:


Kathleen Wade ’12, Tallahassee, FL


 Emily Jeske ’14, Clemmons, NC


 Daniel Causey ’14, Darlington, SC


 Natalia Arenas ’15, Greenville, SC


 Ben Durfee ’15, Wells, ME


While I have previously written about Ms. Bridges’ many law school acceptances, such also is the case for Ms. McDanal, whose long list of suitors includes the University of Virginia. None of us are surprised by Anna’s successes–she’s a terrific student and top-notch leader, and we know that she always rises to the occasion. We wish her well in her post-Furman career.


The team’s third senior, Kathleen Wade, was named an outstanding defense attorney for her incomparable work in representing Danny Dawson, the defendant in this year’s case. Congratulations, Kathleen.


Let me also give a shout-out to the underclassmen on this team–none of them brought high school mock trial experience to the team, so I was proud of their ability to step-it-up this weekend when our season was on the line.


Our program is coached by D. Brad Rustin ’03, Steven Buckingham ’03, Mark Fessler ’05, Lindsay Builder ’07, Mitchell Goldsmith ’06, Dawn Williams ’05, Brent Tucker, Angie LIttlejohn (University Legal Advisor), and Thomas Azar.


Thanks to all of you on this list for your continued support of the Furman mock trial program. We will work very hard over the next month to represent Furman well at the Ney National. The students, coaching staff, and I are defnitely committed to winning a bid to the national championship finals in Minneapolis.


Happy Sunday.