Christopher Manzi, ’14, and David Mulock,’14, Finalists at 2014 TYLA Regional Mock Trial
Pitt Law 3Ls Christopher Manzi and David Mulock won the finalist trophy at the 2014 Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Regional Mock Trial competition, held February 6-9, 2014, at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
However, the victory—which marks the second consecutive year a Pitt Law team was named a TYLA regional finalist—almost wasn’t to be.
After earning a trial record of two wins and one loss, Manzi and Mulock learned they did not advance to the semifinal round. It wasn’t until John Adamczyk, one of the team’s coaches, questioned the final scoring results that an error was discovered.
“In the middle of a wonderful meal with our families, we were told to run back to the hotel, get dressed, and get ready for trial that same night,” said Manzi. “We arrived at the courthouse at 7 p.m. to replace the eighth-seed team in a ‘Power Matched’ round, where we successfully defended our case against the first-place team on a Saturday night trial.”
The Pitt Law team fell to Temple University in the final trial Sunday morning. Both Temple teams went on to win their respective divisions in the 22-team competition.
Pitt Law alumni David Rosenberg, JD ’82; Richard Levine, JD ’82; and Robert Dapper, JD ’86, also advised the team. Rosenberg and Levine, both adjunct professors, oversee the school’s mock trial program. In addition, Pitt Law alums Judge Daniel Anders, JD ’98, of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Judge Lawrence Stengel, JD ’80, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania presided over the semifinal and final rounds, respectively.
“It was a great experience making it to the playoffs and having the opportunity to try the case before two sitting judges in Pennsylvania,” said Mulock. “The playoffs were tight battles, and having sitting judges preside over the cases really contributed to developing our evidentiary arguments and advocacy.”
Manzi and Mulock competed together previously in the 2012 Great Case Competition, taking home the top prize of $3,000.