UMKC Law Trial Teams Compete in National Trial Competition

Team named a Top 4 team in the nation, student named best overall advocate
Jacob Eisenhauer, Maddi Ilseman and Corbin Healy stand against a colorful, paint-splashed wall with big smiles. Maddi holds up a trophy.

Two UMKC School of Law Trial Teams competed in the 2024 National Trial Competition. The team of Corbin Healy, Maddi Ilseman and Jacob Eisenhauer made it to the semifinals and ended as one of the top four teams in the country.

Corbin Healy was named the George A. Spiegelberg Best Overall Advocate of the competition.

“Being named Best Overall Advocate is an absolute honor,” Healy said. “I am beyond excited to end my Mock Trial career in such an incredible way alongside the best teammates in the country.”

More than 1,000 students from 140 law schools competed in this year’s competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. After both UMKC teams scored a perfect 5-0 in the regionals round, UMKC became one of only three law schools in the country to advance two teams to the national rounds in Houston, Tex.

Martina Florido, Olivia Bess-Rhodes and Mattie Seley stand against a colorful wall, holding medals while smiling happily.
Left to right: Martina Florido, Olivia Bess-Rhodes and Mattie Seley

Healy, Ilseman and Eisenhauer were joined at the national round by their peers on the other UMKC team, Olivia Bess-Rhodes, Martina Florido and Mattie Seley. School of Law professor L. Michaelle Tobin, J.D., coached both teams.

“I am so proud of the exceptional performance of our trial teams at this year’s competition, Tobin said. “Both teams demonstrated remarkable skill and preparation, earning them a well-deserved place among the top 30 teams from across the nation. These accomplishments reflect the high caliber of legal education at UMKC Law and our commitment to nurturing future leaders in the legal field.”

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Published: Apr 19, 2024

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