Georgia State Law’s Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) team of Andy Navratil (J.D. ’18), Brandon Reed (J.D. ’18), Casey Wilson (J.D. ’19) and Kevin Mathis (J.D. ’19), won the Mockingbird Challenge in Alabama. The team was coached by alums Cheryl Champion White (J.D. ’93) and Kevin Coleman (J.D. ’15). The program is supervised by Tom Jones.
This was the first competition for Wilson and Mathis, who were the witnesses, as well as Reed’s first competition as an attorney, which surprised several of the judges because he did such a great job.
All of the teammates dedicated themselves to learning the problem and worked together wonderfully. “The win was a result of team effort and determination,” Mathis said.
The coaches sacrificed their weekends to help the students prepare for the competition.
“We also owe a lot to our coaches Cheryl Champion White, Tom Jones, and Kevin Coleman,” Navratil said. “All three are stellar attorneys who challenged and supported us as we prepared. I am certain that we would not have won without their wise counsel and constant encouragement.”
Navratil won best advocate for his closing argument, Mathis described Navratil’s closing argument as being an “impassioned defense of the accused and a powerful rebuke of the opposing counsel’s case.”