Meredith Applegate likes the rush that comes with court trials.
Which helps explain why the Burbank High School senior is a
three-year member of Law Dogs, the school’s mock trial team.
“I definitely get a charge when I’m in competition and have
objections that are overruled or sustained and I see how the other
team reacts,” she said. “I feed off the energy of the room.”
Meredith’s interest and talents were recognized this week when she
received the Alan I. Rothenberg Award as the Outstanding Student
Litigator of the 2003 Los Angeles County Mock Trial competition.
Perfect scores on her closing arguments during last month’s
competition helped her wrap up the honor.
Dave Wasserman, a Burbank High government teacher and Law Dogs
sponsor, said Meredith’s award came as no surprise to him. Wasserman
said he instantly recognized her talent when she first joined the
“At the start of this season I was convinced that there were no
other kids in the program who could match her talent,” he said. “She
is an exceptional kid. She’s very bright and has a great capacity to
think on her feet.”
And Wasserman said she outperformed more than her fellow students.
“She was cogent and convincing,” he said. “Most of the [mock]
judges, who are professional lawyers or judges, said she is better
than most people they encounter in courtrooms.”
As captain of Law Dogs, Meredith helped the club place in the top
16 out of more than 70 teams participating in the competition.
“Our team has come a long way and hopefully will keep climbing,”
she said. “I have high hopes for Law Dogs in the future.”
Wasserman also received an award for more than 30 years of
involvement with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the
organization that runs the competition.