Duquesne University School of Law National Trial Team Spring 2014

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Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Duquesne University School of Law offers a nationally recognized trial advocacy program that seeks to prepare students to be courtroom-ready advocates. Through comprehensive coursework and competition experience, the program develops students' skills in case analysis, trial preparation, effective communication, witness preparation, and case presentation.

Experienced faculty, alumni, trial lawyers and judges join the trial advocacy program director, Peter Giglione, L '02, in training, mentoring and nurturing student advocates. Each year, the students participate in regional and national competitions across the country.

With more than 15 years of program excellence, the list of trial advocacy wins is extensive.

Recent victories include: Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition 2014, Mid-Atlantic Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition 2013, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition 2011, National Champion; Tournament of Champions 2008, National Champion; and Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Competition 2008, National Champion. Duquesne University School of Law teams also have numerous American Association for Justice finalist and semi-finalist titles and National Trial Competition regional finalist appearances. Learn more

Fall 2014 Duquesne National Trial Team Results

National Trial Advocacy Competition
Detroit, October 2014

Congratulations to Duquesne Law's National Trial Team of (from left) Asra Hashmi, Vincent Cocco, Coach Julian Neiser, L'01, Richard White, and Annemarie Harr, named finalists at the National Trial Advocacy Competition at Michigan State University in October 2014. Duquesne Law defeated Houston, SUNY Buffalo, Michigan State, and Creighton on the way to the final round.

 Elbert Gray, L'03, coached the team with Neiser. 

Spring 2014 Duquesne National Trial Team Results

National Trial Competition
Philadelphia, February 2014

National Trial Competition Semi-Finalists
Laura Veith
Grant Nagy
Annemarie Harr
National Trial Competition Semi-Finalists
Nicholas Clark
Rebecca Silinski
Richard White
Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition

Madi Bobb (left)
Laura Pitchford
Joshua Ward
Nicholas Yovich

Duquesne University School of Law won the 41st annual Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition on February 21, 2014. After beating University of Pennsylvania and out scoring all of the plaintiff teams - including Howard University, Catholic University, College of William & Mary, American University, University of Pittsburgh and Widener University Harrisburg - Duquesne's team defeated Widener University Delaware by a one-point margin in a tough and close battle.

In addition to the championship win, Joshua Ward was named Best Advocate.

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
AAJ Regional Champions

Alex Poorman
Autumn Pividori
Kathleen Shoaff
Andrew Rothey

Duquesne University School of Law team of Alex Poorman, Autumn Pividori, Kathleen Shoaff,and Andrew Rothey won the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional on March 23, 2014. The team defeated the number one seed, Penn State, in the semifinals on the way to the championship. Finalist teams out-scored 14 others including teams from Drexel, Rutgers, University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, University of Tulsa, West Virginia University, and Widener University.

It is extremely rare to have two teams from the same school face each other for a win, but that's exactly what happened at the AAJ STAC regional. The championship round featured Duquesne vs. Duquesne, with PoormanPividori, Shoaff, and Rothey facing Aubrey Smith, Asra Hashmi, Nicholas Jimenez, and Kara Lattanzio. After almost three hours of grueling competition and zealous advocacy, one team emerged as champions and one as finalists. 

The team of Poorman, Pividori, Shoaff, and Rothey then competed in AAJ STAC nationals in Santa Monica, Calif., in April - one of only 14 schools in the prestigious competition. Duquesne's team defeated the University of Akron, Chicago-Kent, and California Western to advance to the national quarter-finals.  

AAJ Regional Finalists

Vincent Cocco, student shadow
Aubrey Smith

Kara Lattanzio
Asra Hashmi
Krystal Edwards, student shadow
Nicholas Jimenez

Meet the Fall 2013 Duquesne National Trial Team

National Trial Advocacy Competition
Vincent Lamperski
Samuel Marchese
Lori Love
Joseph Otte

Tournament of Champions
Our National Trial Team finished the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Birmingham, Alabama as semi-finalists. The competition accepts only the top teams in the country. Read more.
Andrew Rothey (left)
Katherine Janocsko
Mary Kathleen Serratelli
Paul Roman

Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Ernest Pribanic
Andrea Bova
Christina Burik
Joshua Ward
Not shown: Sara Linkosky

National Civil Trial Competition

Autumn Pividori
Rian Thompson
Kathleen Shoaff
Alexander Pilorusso

Meet all of the individual members of the National Trial Team.