Students Participate in Mock Trial with Assistance from Oakland County Circuit Court Judge

Stacy Yelda

Stacy Yelda, WMU-Cooley Law School student, won the advanced mock trial competition at WMU-Cooley Auburn Hills with her competition partner, Nadia Chami (not pictured).

This month, two teams of two WMU-Cooley Law School students participated in an intra-school advanced mock trial competition at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus.

The students went before Leo Bowman, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge, to practice criminal law in a court room environment. The teams competed in two rounds of trial surrounding a homicide case based off of People v. Nathaniel Abraham, a case where an 11-year-old was tried for murder of an 18-year-old.

Stacy Yelda and Nadia Chami, WMU-Cooley Law School students, won the competition, which was judged by Bowman.

Leo Bowman

Leo Bowman (pictured right), Oakland County Circuit Court Judge, judged the final round of competition at the WMU-Cooley Law School advanced mock trial.

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