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Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:33 pm
I miss seeing discussions like this on perjuries and thought I'd try to revive them in a way. Obviously this is subjective and you could make a case for many different people to have this title, but who sticks out to you the most?
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Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:58 pm
Two AMTA competitors come to mind, Elizabeth Bays and Iain Lambert. I believe Bays is the only AMTA competitor to be in 3 final rounds ever, and she closed in each of those rounds. She also passes the eye test, having watched her show her skills at her last nationals championship round, I can say that she meets the hype. She is like an assassin in court, very calculated and always seems one step ahead of her opponents.

I never got the opportunity to see Iain in action but he's a two time national champion from UCLA who seems to really understand the fundamentals of public speaking. He closed on the national championship team his senior year, they had a great run.
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Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:23 am
Bays is definitely a great attorney, but after watching the 2015 and 2016 Final Rounds, I think Daniel Stern is the best attorney I've seen in round. Watching him give a cross or a closing is just a pure bolt of energy in the round. I don't think he's quite as knowledgeable on MRE as Bays is, but he does the presentation part of Mock Trial better than any other attorney I've seen, which is what I think matters most from a scoring perspective.

I also think Nick Ramos and Stephen Johnson need to be part of the conversation, winning Trial by Combat is probably the closest we'll ever get to finding the "best" attorney each year. Ramos and Johnson are both fantastic even if their teams were never able to make it to the final round like Yale's Teams or UCLA.
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Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:12 pm
I definitely agree that Stern, Ramos, and Johnson ought to be up there, although I've never seen either Ramos or Johnson aside from their TBC rounds. I would add that Ramos's alma matter has made it to the final round twice though (once against UCLA where I believe Lambert witnessed) winning the NCT in 2010! Wink
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