Maddox & Gerock associate, Sarah L. Payne, is volunteering tonight to serve as a judge at the George Mason University School of Law Costello Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition held at the Fairfax County Judicial Center in Fairfax Virginia. Ms. Payne participated on three moot court competition teams during her law school tenure, and is uniquely aware of the benefits extramural activities such as moot court and trial advocacy can provide.
From the GMUSL Trial Advocacy Association website:
"The Costello competition is uniquely designed by Judge Jonathan Thacher to take participants outside the typical realms of law school competitions. By revealing unknown facts and witnesses as the competition progresses, the Costello competition simulates the evolving and unexpected nature of real-life criminal trials. This dynamic design provides competitors with a realistic experience as counsel in a criminal trial and an exciting take on trial advocacy! Each trial will take place in a courtroom at the Fairfax County Judicial Center in front of three judges. All competition judges are local judges and practitioners, and a real judge will preside over each trial! Judges and competitors will use the Virginia Rules of Evidence as well as the Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure."