On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Career and Professional Development Office and the law school’s Mock Trial Board hosted an event called Litigation with the Stars featuring up-and-coming law student litigators. Over 100 law students, along with faculty and staff, enjoyed this simulated courtroom experience and observed rising stars Carla Pollara and Milad Parchami develop the case for and against “Mr. Flynn.”
Watch as rising star Carla Pollara gives her opening statement and holds the members of the jury spellbound.
“You see this case is not about what happened at a football game or the Pink Dolphin,” began WMU-Cooley law student Carla Pollara in her opening statement at the Litigation with the Stars event. “This case comes down to what happened at the intersection of Central Avenue and 4th Street. What happened in that split second, that split second, that Robert Flynn was put into an unexpected and sudden emergency situation. And in that moment, he acted like any one of us would have done.”
Pollara went on to prove her case, while building and demonstrating the litigation skills she’s learned while in law school.
“Being a member of the Mock Trial Board and advocating at the “Litigation with the Stars” event has allowed me to get comfortable with my craft before I’ve even obtained my bar card. I feel confident that when I begin to practice law my nerves will be at ease compared to other new attorneys who have never argued a case in front of a judge and jury before. The opportunity to polish my skills while I’m still in school is an invaluable resource for me and for all the law students here,” declared Carla Pollara.
See the entire program (1:48:26)