Trial Advocacy Winners

The verdict is in: after months of preparation, the Linda G. Anderson Trial Advocacy Competition concluded on Wednesday, October 19, as Samantha Scott and Krista-Lee Crook emerged the winners.

Scott and Crook represented the Defense, while Bronwen Evans and Mike Snell represented the Plaintiff. The honorable Judge Dee Benson, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Utah, presided and named the winners. Kelsy Young and Lauren Hunt of the Utah County Attorney’s Office and Tony Graf of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office also served as judges for the competition.

The teams argued a medical malpractice case in which Plaintiff Cori Harbour Cañas sued Dr. Jody Hammer for failure to warn her deceased husband, Rob Cañas, about the potentially dangerous interaction of certain medications he was taking. The jury found for the defendant, Dr. Hammer, and the verdict was upheld by Judge Benson.