“Everything is so fast-paced,” said Briana Williams, a second-year law student. “You’re literally running from courtroom to courtroom and then waiting to see if you’ve advanced or not.”
Williams, along with teammates Joseph Boccia, a third-year law student, and Michael Rapiejko, a second-year law student, posted a 4-1 record during competition. After rebounding from an early loss to Suffolk, Williams and Boccia successfully led Quinnipiac in the semifinals, defeating their counterparts from Yale. The duo went on to best Harvard in the finals to wrap up the action-packed weekend.
Boccia, who also serves as creative director for Quinnipiac’s Mock Trial Society, took the best overall advocate award for his high level of preparation and performance in the final round against Harvard.
“For me, it was just another shared team award,” Boccia said. “Briana pretty much dragged me across the finish line in the semis. I felt like I owed it to her in the final to put forth my best effort.”
Boccia, Williams and Rapiejko also credit their coaches, Sean McGuiness JD ’09 and Ryan O’Neil JD ‘08 for working with them on various verbal and non-verbal tools, helping to enhance their advocacy skills and persuasiveness.
“We prepared for the competition on nights and weekends for approximately five weeks leading up to it,” McGuiness said. “We spent countless hours honing their openings, closings and examinations.”