Students named winners of Don Turner Moot Court Competition

by Logan English,

  • Trevor Byrd and Adin Johnson stand before the bench
    Don Turner Moot Court Competition winners Trevor Byrd (left) and Adin Johnson (right)

After four nights of competition, The Don Turner Moot Court Competition participants completed their arguments. Judges then named Adin Johnson and Trevor Byrd, third-year Willamette Law students, as winners.

Participants competed in 17 teams of two. Students in their second or third year at Willamette Law are eligible to participate. The runners-up were third-year Willamette Law students Andrew Bridge and Dwight Bond.

Byrd said the preparation process was incredibly collaborative and both students sought feedback from each other.

If one of us wanted to experiment with a certain line of questioning, for example, we would try it out on the other person and try to convince them why it was necessary,” he said. “In that sense we were a good source of feedback for each other.”

Byrd also credited their success to the trust shared between the two competitors.

“Adin trusted me and I trusted him to object when he felt it was necessary, and I knew that he could respond to objections well,” Byrd said. “That allowed us to focus on our work without making us worry about our partner.”

Johnson echoed Byrd’s statements and added that the benefits of participating in Moot Court are unmatched in a classroom.

“Mock trials in general are great because they add a different dynamic to the legal education that we get,” he said. “You cannot learn how a court works unless you seek it out and put yourself in situations where you can learn and improve.”

The Don Turner Competition is named after former Willamette Law professor and alumnus Don Turner LLB’59. Turner taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and scientific proof at the school from 1971–2002. He also advised the Moot Court Program and coached the regional teams. Before teaching, he served as a district attorney in The Dalles, Oregon.

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