By Dillard University
The Dillard University Mock Trial Team is being featured on the fifth episode of the “Class Action” podcast, a twelve-part documentary series that follows four teams that take part in college mock trial competitions across the nation. Listeners will hear the inspiring story of Dillard’s historic 2021-2022 season run through the voices of DeAndré K. Bell II ‘23 and Lejeanne Shelton ‘22. The podcast debuted June 7; episode 5 will be available June 28.
While “Class Action” focuses on how teams prepare for competition, the podcast invites listeners to an even deeper discussion about the importance of advocacy and preserving America’s democracy through trial law with a more diverse nation of attorneys. It is the mission of Dillard’s pre-law program, of which the mock trial team is a part, to diversify the legal profession.
Kevin Huffman, who produced “Class Action” with Lisa M. Gray, found both Bell and Shelton to be compelling figures. “DeAndré is just so bright and engaging,” Huffman said. “He has a curious mind and is a dynamo in the courtroom.” Huffman continued, “Lajeanne is, to me, a lion–just strong and fierce and bursting with energy. She is a natural leader and truly loves mock trial. She is well known within the undergrad mock trial community.”
“Class Action” also features teams from the St. Mary’s University School of Law, the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law and Brooklyn Law School, making Dillard the only undergraduate team featured on the podcast. “Class Action” is produced by Sound Argument, LLC and the podcast is hosted by Katie S. Phang, host of the “The Katie Phang Show” on MSNBC and Peacock.
“Class Action” is available on iHeartRadio, the number one podcast publisher according to Podtrac. It is also available on Apple Podcasts and other major podcast platforms.