Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:44

Asst. D. A. leads U of M Mock Trial Team to National Competition

  From Left: Bridgett Stigger, Brittany Williams, Jana Mitchell, Joseph Smith, Crystal Johnson-Cathey, Demetria Frank From Left: Bridgett Stigger, Brittany Williams, Jana Mitchell, Joseph Smith, Crystal Johnson-Cathey, Demetria Frank SCDAG, UofM
MEMPHIS – Feb. 4, 2015 - University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team recently won second place in the National Black Law Student Association’s regional competition in Columbia, S.C.
The team coached by assistant district attorney Bridgett Stigger and U of M law professor Demetria Frank won the opportunity to participate in the national competition March 11-15 in Portland, Ore.
Stigger competed in mock trial as a student between 2008-2010 and credits her coach, Melanie Murry, legal counsel for the U of M, for much of her success.
Stigger now has been coaching student teams for the past five years, including one team that won a first-place national title.
Since graduating, she has been a guardian ad litem in Juvenile Court and a criminal defense lawyer before joining the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in November of 2011.
"My mock trial experience helped me develop into the lawyer I am today,” said Stigger, who worked as a prosecutor in Juvenile Court for two years before moving to her current assignment as a prosecutor in Criminal Court Division III. “I strive to be the type of coach I had.”