Campbell Law advocates head to American Association for Justice (AAJ) STAC National Finals

Photo of four Campbell Law winning advocates posing in front of the law school.

A team of Campbell Law School advocates is headed to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) National Finals after competing virtually March 7-10.

Jessica McClellan ‘25, Jay Brocker ‘24, Graham Goldstein ‘25 and Linda Yager ‘25 will represent Campbell Law on April 4-7. The team, which is generously sponsored by Hartsell & Williams PA, was coached to victory by Director of Competitive Advocacy Mary Ann Matney ‘17. 

“Two Campbell Law teams represented Campbell Law School well in the virtual AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, with both successfully earning their spots into the semifinals,” Matney said.

The other team of Jason White ‘24, Emily Murphy ‘24, Kassie McDonald ‘24 and Hudson Wyman ‘25 were proudly coached by Brittany Stiltner ‘16.

Campbell Law advocates four pose in front of Center for Advocacy sign

The National Finals will take place in person at the Richard J. Daley Center, Circuit Court of Cook County, 50 W. Washington St., in Chicago. Each team will compete in three qualifying rounds. The competition this year involves the trial of a civil lawsuit.

Each year, AAJ hosts the STAC, showcasing top future trial lawyers. This tournament is one of the premier trial advocacy competitions in the country. Regional Tournaments are held across the nation, and the two winners of each region then compete in the National Finals. The winning team members are also invited to join AAJ at its annual convention in July.

“Participating in STAC was one of the greatest experiences I had in law school,” said Lydia Stoney ‘20, who was a member of Campbell Law’s National Champion STAC 2019 team. Our team had an amazing time traveling to the AAJ National Convention in San Diego and representing Campbell Law while networking with attorneys from across the country. We are proud to be National Champions.”

In the STAC Southeast 1 Region, Campbell Law and Wake Forest Law advocates were this year’s regional winners.