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Gourley Competition Winners! - Duquesne University School of Law

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For the first time in nine years, Duquesne won the 2011 Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers annual moot court competition, commonly referred to as the "Gourley Cup" competition.

The second-year team of advocates Emily Dimond and Lauren Woleslagle, and teammates Lauren Oelrich, Jennifer Milko, and David J. Miller, trying the defense side of the civil mock lawsuit, defeated the University of Akron in the final round to clinch the victory on Friday, February 18, 2011.

The team was coached by Adjunct Professor Pete Giglione, L'02.  The trial moot court program is under the direction of Professors Mike Streib and Amelia Michele Joiner.  Lauren Woleslagle took Second Place for Best Advocate among all competitors.

The Gourley competition is one of the most difficult to win, not only because of the quality of the competing law school teams, but also because there is only one preliminary round to determine which two teams advance to the finals.  This year, Duquesne defeated, in head-to-head competition, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and outscored other defense teams comprised of Brooklyn School of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, William & Mary School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, St. John University School of Law, Catholic University School of Law, and Widener School of Law (Harrisburg), to advance to the final round.  Other teams who competed, and were assigned the plaintiff side of the case, included West Virginia University School of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, Howard University School of Law, Widener School of Law (Delaware), Case Western Reserve School of Law, and Dickinson University School of Law.