A team from William & Mary Law School was named national champions at the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia on Nov. 21 through Nov. 23, 2008, in Atlanta. The winning team consisted of Heather Stangle '09, Ken Abrams '09, David Tyler '09 , and Hunter Allen '10.
The semi-final and final rounds were won by Stangle and Abrams, who represented the Prosecution, along with Tyler and Allen, who played witness roles. In earlier rounds, Tyler and Allen served as attorneys for the team on the Defense side.
The team won each of its five rounds, ultimately beating South Texas College of Law in the final round to win the competition. Additionally, Tyler was named the "Best Advocate" in the competition.
The William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition is held annually and attracts teams from law schools across the country. Every summer, the Competition Committee sends hundreds of applications to ABA-accredited law schools. Only 18 schools are ultimately selected to compete in the competition, which is named in honor of the late Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Teams prepare both Prosecution and Defense cases for a criminal trial problem and have an opportunity to present arguments as attorneys and witnesses for both sides. Semi-final and final rounds are judged by superior court judges.