LMU Law Mock Trial Hosts 2020 Kimsey Cup
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Mock Trial team hosted the 2020 Kimsey Cup Trial Advocacy Competition last month. The annual internal competition provides students an opportunity to test their trial skills.
Teams competed both virtually and in person with social distancing guidelines in place. With most courts holding virtual trials during the pandemic, the competition was a reflection of how legal proceedings are currently being conducted. Some teams competed with one advocate in person and the other arguing virtually through video conferencing. Local attorneys and LMU Law faculty judged each round. Aaron Kimsey, a member of the LMU Law Class of 2015, supported the tournament and provided the top prize and is the namesake for the competition.
Third-year law students Wesley Eke and Amber Gross (right) won the 2020 Kimsey Cup. Runners up were Celia Ball and Allison Cyrus. For the second consecutive year, Eke was named best advocate. Matthew Tuttle (below), a first-year law student, was recognized as best witness.
“The LMU Mock Trial Board did an excellent job organizing the tournament, taking on the additional challenge of a hybrid approach to the tournament with both in person and virtual participants” said Katie Jones, assistant professor of Law and Mock Trial faculty advisor. “There were many impressive teams and individual performances. Everyone who participated gained valuable trial advocacy experience.”
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.