Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Attorney Judges Regent University’s Mock Trial
Kevin Briggs of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers had a distinguished academic record at Regent University in Virginia Beach. He recently returned to the law school to give a speech and judge a mock trial competition. Briggs was honored to speak to first-year law students at Regent Law School and to help judge their 2020 1L Mock Trial Competition.
Briggs was hired by Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers after working as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. He grew up in Norfolk and attended Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach.
After graduating from Old Dominion University, he received a partial scholarship to attend Regent University. He immediately made his mark. In his first year, he received The Eagle Award in both torts and property when he attained the highest grade in his class. Briggs volunteered for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia and interned for the Virginia Beach Public Defender and Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney during his time at Regent.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we believe it is important for our legal team to give back to the Hampton Roads community and to help students attain their potential. We have helped many young people in their legal training. We also support the Norfolk Law Library and give Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to local attorneys. Each year we award scholarships to young people through our Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship program.
We believe it is our fundamental duty to volunteer our time to mentor, teach, and guide the next generation of lawyers to fight for justice, and strive for equality under the law. Without guidance, future attorneys may not be able to learn from their mistakes and build upon their successes.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers relishes any opportunity mentor and teach future lawyers who will help the disadvantaged fight for their legal rights in Hampton Roads or further afield. In his speech to first-year law students at Regent University, Kevin Briggs discussed his experience in helping injured people battle the insurance companies. Briggs represents people who have suffered injuries in car, truck or motorcycle accidents and pedestrians and cyclists who are hurt by drivers. He also fights for compensation for families who lost their loved ones due to the negligence of others or those injured in falls at stores, hotels, restaurant or other places in Virginia.
Kevin Briggs told the students of the parallels between legal aid work and helping personal injury clients. He said both jobs entail protecting some of the most vulnerable members of the Hampton Roads community:
“Whether you are fighting to keep your brother/sister housed against forces intent on making them homeless, or you are fighting for your seriously injured brother/sister against behemoth insurance companies resolute to break their promises that they would protect them from injury, you are basically David and Goliath. And when you prevail against these forces you experience a peculiar joy only felt when you have fought the good fight, protected your brother/sister against the forces bent on doing them harm, and shown your vulnerable brother/sister, through your good works.”
He said lawyers can help victims of injustices realize their worth and “basic human dignity under the eyes of the law.”
Briggs drew on his considerable trial experience to judge the students during their mock criminal trial. The students were cast in the roles of prosecutor and defense counsel. The trials featured mock evidence and actors as witnesses. A panel of attorneys and judges scored the students and gave their feedback. Briggs said:
“It was an absolute honor to give back to Regent Law School in Virginia Beach as it has provided me with so great opportunities. I am flattered that the organizers of this event believed I had the skill, experience, and knowledge to not only judge the competition but also help teach these new legal minds courtroom tactics, and theory. I was blown away by the raw talent I saw at the competition.”
The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are deeply involved in their community and in supporting great causes that change lives. If you or a family member has suffered an injury caused by another party please contact us today.