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Duquesne Wins AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition - 2011

The Law School is pleased to announce continued success in our trial advocacy program!  For the third consecutive year, our team won the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition in Pittsburgh, March 4-6, 2011.  Team members Clancy Boylan, Sarah Bronder, Katie Chengery and Brendan McKenna defeated, in head to head competition, Capital University, Case Western Reserve, University of Pittsburgh and both University of Akron teams in the semi-finals and final rounds of the competition.  The team won every trial in this competition, trying cases on both the plaintiff and defense sides of a civil case.  As a result of this major victory, our team moves on to the national competition in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 31.

Our trial  team consisting of Clarissa Chenoweth, Emily Comport, Tiffany Germann and Kevin Marshall also performed exceptionally well by defeating University of Cincinnati and Cleveland State University.  They were narrowly defeated by trial advocacy powerhouse University of Akron.  The Duquesne teams outscored teams from the University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, Case Western Reserve, Michigan State University, Thomas Cooley Law School, University of Toledo and the University of Pittsburgh.

The trial teams are coached by Professors Michael Streib and Amelia Michele Joiner, who direct the trial advocacy program, and Adjunct Professor Michael Gianantonio L'02.

"This was one of the most brutally competitive trial advocacy tournaments I have ever seen," states Professor Streib.  "I am completely overwhelmed by the exceptional talent shown by these students.”  “Our teams continue to impress me and the legal community, at large, with their skills,” states Joiner.   We strive to set apart our students from others and the student trial advocates make this endeavor easy.”

The teams and coaches would like to send a special thank you to Robert Daley, L'98, and Chad Shannon, L'03 of Robert Peirce & Associates, for taking time out of their busy schedules to put this Competition together, and a thanks to the members of our Bench and Bar, especially our law alumni, who participated in judging the five rounds.