Delaware team Evan J. Perel and Christopher H. Lee with Harrisburg team John Toresco and Steven Kwon
Kevin M. Carroll '06 (Delaware Deputy Attorney General and alum who served as the Judge for the competition), with Miss Ju-Juanna Perkins and mother Ms. Ju-Juanna Latif
The final round of the 19th Annual Hugh B. Pearce Trial Advocacy Competition took place on Wednesday April 9th, and the Harrisburg team of Steven Kwon and John Toresco overcame stiff competition from Delaware’s Christopher H. Lee and Evan J. Perel to win the competition.
Before a sizable audience in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom, the Harrisburg team of Kwon and Toresco represented the plantiffs, Ronald and Randi McGee, against the School Board of Dallas County, ably defended by Delaware’s Lee and Perel. Widener Law alum and Delaware Deputy Attorney General Kevin M. Carroll ’06 served as the judge for the competition. After a greeting from Maura E. Cunningham, the Delaware campus Hugh B. Pearce Chairperson, bailiff Leslie J. Starling called the court into session.
The case centered around the death of 12-year old Rebecca McGee, who was killed when she was struck by an SUV while crossing the road after being dropped off by her school bus. After both teams addressed pretrial motions to Judge Carroll, each side gave an impassioned opening statement beginning with Mr. Toresco for the plaintiffs and then followed by Mr. Lee for the defendants. Each side called two witnesses and both teams delivered tough questions to opposing witnesses in their cross-examinations. After spirited closing arguments from Mr. Kwon and Mr. Perel, the competition concluded and the teams waited to hear the results.
Upon returning from his deliberations, Mr. Carroll offered both teams some general advice, but he was very complimentary of the work of each participant. He described the competition as extremely close and praised the effort of both teams before ultimately declaring for the plaintiffs and naming Mr. Kwon and Mr. Toresco as the winners.Related Story: Remembering Hugh B. Pearce as Trial Advocacy Competition Approaches Final Round