King Hall Trial Team Crowned Champions of Capitol City Challenge
The UC Davis School of Law trial team of Andrew Collins '15, Kevin Dubrall '15, Samantha Gavin '15, and Heather Marchione '15 was crowned champions of the Capitol City Challenge in Washington D.C. over the weekend of March 1-2.
Twenty teams from across the country competed in this top-caliber event in the nation's capital. In round one, Golden Gate University challenged UC Davis, and King Hall swept all three ballots. In round two, the team was pitted against Temple University, the winner of the competition for three of the last five years. UC Davis came out on top. The team then drew Faulkner University from Alabama, which has a strong trial advocacy competition program and has won national titles. Again, the King Hall team swept 3-0. Based on wins, ballots and point differential, the team progressed to the quarter finals where they faced George Mason University and prevailed. In the semi-finals, King Hall faced William & Mary and again swept all three ballots. Then in the finals the team battled Hofstra University and took home the championship. Dubrall was awarded the Best Advocate award of the playoff rounds.
The King Hall team was coached by Joe Alexander '98, a prosecutor at the El Dorado County District Attorney's office who has tirelessly supported the UC Davis mock trial for more than a decade. Alexander was elated about the team's victory, remarking that they worked hard from day one to make this outcome a reality. The team also thanked Professor Edward Imwinkelried, Dennis Cota '86, and Daniel Broderick for their assistance.