The WMU-Cooley Mock Trial Board hosted a panel discussion on trial skills featuring WMU-Cooley graduates at its Tampa Bay, Florida, campus on March 13. Panelists included Michael Owen and Bryant Dunivan, partners at Owen & Dunivan PLLC in Tampa; Alexa Scott, attorney at Beltz & Beltz law firm in St. Petersburg; and Roger Mills, of Mills Law, P.A.
When talking about selecting jurors, Mills told WMU-Cooley students: “The rule of thumb is do not choose lawyers unless you are pitching a technical defense and need a lawyer who would understand the legal ramifications of the law in advocating for your client.” He also explained to the group that jury selection is the art of practice, not the science of practice.
Pictured, from left, panelists Alexa Scott, Bryant Dunivan, Roger Mills, and Michael Owen, and panel moderator Lenny Rodriguez.
While discussing the opportunity to further learn about practicing law, Scott said she encourages new attorneys to join local bar associations and associations that pertain to their particular legal practice.