WHAT: Trophy Presentation for "Show Me Challenge" National Voir Dire Tournament Winner Washburn Law
WHEN: Thursday, April 14 at 12:10 p.m.
WHERE: Washburn University School of Law, First Floor Commons area, 17th and Macvicar, Topeka, KS 66621
WHO: Washburn Law Voir Dire Team and Coaches
DETAILS: Members of the media are invited to the trophy presentation for the "Show Me Challenge" National Voir Dire Tournament held at UMKC last weekend.
Washburn Law students Brandon Katt, JD Candidate ’16; Blair Loving, JD Candidate ’16; and Suzanne Lueker, JD Candidate ’17, won first place in the tournament, defeating teams from American University, Mississippi College, Chapman University, and Texas Tech. Washburn Law’s team is coached by Danielle, '09, and Jay Hall, '07, both of whom also received Washburn undergraduate degrees. The team also featured alternate Edna Reyes, JD Candidate ’17, who helped the competition team prepare for the tournament.
Voir dire is the process of jury selection. The "Show Me Challenge" is the only competition in the nation to focus on this specific lawyering skill. Participating teams must conduct a voir dire in which they question potential jurors, go through the process of striking jurors from the panel, and present an opening statement to the remaining jury pool. This competition is unique because it is judged by attorneys and sitting judges, as well as by volunteer lay people who are selected for the jury panel.