This high-level legal competition attracts law students from top law schools around the country such as Harvard and Yale to compete in mock trials that pit one team of law students against another team of law students. Aside from the law students, each team is further comprised of two attorneys and two “witnesses”
While acting as a judge, Drexler, a noted personal injury and medical malpractice attorney ( http://www.daviddrexlerlaw.com/
“Not only is this an opportunity to give back to the community,” says Drexler, “but ruling on objections and arguments offers me an entirely different perspective on legal analysis and decision making. I always feel good imparting constructive criticism to the students after each trial and I always feel as though I learn something new in the process.”
To be selected as a judge in the legal competition is an honor in itself. The National Civil Trial Competition selects from only “distinguished members of the Southern California Bar including partners and associates from numerous Los Angeles civil litigation firms.” While Drexler has been long distinguished as a top personal injury attorneyand has earned the distinction of “Super Lawyer” from Los Angeles Magazine for the past five years, the mock trials at the National Civil Competition remind him of the talent rising into the ranks of the legal field.
“I’d better keep stepping up my game if I’m going to beat these new sharp attorneys,”Drexlersays with his trademark grin. “I’ll have to battle with them in the real court one day as many of these young geniuses will become practicing attorneys.” With high-level attorneys such as David Drexler participating and imparting valuable experience and wisdom, there is little doubt that the soon-to-be lawyers at the National Civil Trial Competition feel much the same way.
The 2008 National Civil Trial Competition was held on November 13th and 14th at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.