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Duquesne University School of Law National Trial Team Honors and Awards

Duquesne's National Trial Team Semi-Finalists in Tournament of Champions

Duquesne's National Trial Team finished the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Birmingham, Alabama as semi-finalists. This invitation-only tournament is the premier law school trial competition in the nation. The 16 competing law schools, receive invitations to the Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2013 event based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. Of the four semi-finalist teams, the Duquesne trial team was the only undefeated team advancing, having defeated University of California at Berkeley, Cumberland, Syracuse and Temple. The team was narrowly defeated by Washington University, who went on to win the TOC.

Congratulations to our team pictured, L-R, Andrew Rothey, Katherine Janocsko, Mary Kathleen Serratelli and Paul Roman. Under the direction of Professor Amelia Michele Joiner, the team was coached by Lisa Barnett, Brock McCandless and James Love.

Duquesne Black Law Students Association Team Wins Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional

The Duquesne Black Law Students Association National Trial Team, comprised of Finn Skovdal, Christy Gamble, John Woodruff and Danielle Wete, won the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition in February, 2013.The team competed against 15 other law schools and beat Howard University School of Law in the final round.

Gamble, second from left, was named "Best Advocate." Read more about Gamble, who received the School of Law's Kandy Reidbord Ehrenwerth Award during the 2013 Graduation Awards, in a Jewish Chronicle article.

Read about the entire team in a New Pittsburgh Courier article, "Duquesne Students Win Trial Competition."

Duquesne Student Wins Best Closing Argument

Jaime Hickton (left), won the award for "Best Closing Argument" during the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition in November 2012. The team, featuring Hickton, Brandon Herring, Nichole Orr and Nicholas Borsuk-Woodman, placed as quarter-finalists in the prestigious event.

A fourth-year student in the evening division, Hickton won the award in a field of 96 closers. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review profiled her in an article, "Duquesne Law Student Lauded for Talent."

 

Duquesne National Trial Team Finalists in National Civil Trial Competition

The Duquesne University School of Law team of Colin Esgro, Elsbeth Koefer, Erica Lombardo and Ryan Wilk advanced to the championship round of the National Civil Trial Competition in Santa Monica, Calif., in November. The team
competed against 15 other law schools before losing in a split decision to Syracuse University College of Law. Congratulations to the finalists. The NCTC accepts only the top trial advocacy teams in the country.

DuquesneTeam Wins 2012 AAJ Regional Competition

AAJ Regional win March 2012

For the fourth year in a row, a team of second-year law students--Jason McConnell, Erica Lombardo, Nicholas Marsilio, and Julianne Cutruzzula--won the regional American Association for Justice (AAJ) mock trial competition. The competition was held in Pittsburgh in March 2012.

Duquesne's other team of Clancy Boylan, Sarah Bronder, Colin Esgro, and Kristine Robinson earned a spot in the semi-finals. The teams were coached by Professor Amelia Michele Joiner.

DuquesneTeam Wins AAJ National Competition 2011

AAJ Teams Wins National Competition

Duquesne University Law School has won the National Championship in the prestigious National Student Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

This award once again places Duquesne University Law School in the ranks of the best trial advocacy programs in the country. This "best of the best" competition was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 31st through April 3rd. In a field of more than 225 teams, the Duquesne trial team was the only team to remain undefeated. Read more.

Duquesne Team Wins AAJ Regional Competition 2011

For the third consecutive year, a Duquesne 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. Read more.

Duquesne Team Wins Gourley Cup Competition 2011

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. Read more.

Trial Moot Court Team Competes in Philadelphia

National Trial Competition Philadelphia The Duquesne Trial Moot Court Team made an outstanding showing at the National trial Competition regional Championship held February 12-13, 2011 in Philadelphia.

Law School Sets Gold Standard in Hosting Tournament of Champions 2010

The Duquesne University School of Law recently hosted 16 of the best trial moot court programs in the nation at the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) 2010 Tournament of Champions. The most elite trial competition in the country, the NITA Tournament was held from Oct. 27-30.

As part of the Duquesne team's strong performance, Keaton Carr (3D) received the Best Advocate award for the preliminary rounds, and the Law School team was ranked 6th out of 16 schools, an incredible honor. Read more in the DU Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

National Trial Team Finishes in Top Eight

The Duquesne Law School National Trial Competition team finished in the top eight in the country in the finals held March 24-27 in Dallas, Texas.

After winning the regional competition in Philadelphia this past January, Duquesne was one of twenty-eight regional champions who traveled to Dallas for the national finals event. Duquesne was one of only teams to then proceed to the quarterfinal round where they lost a close contest to Stanford. No Duquesne team had ever advanced to the finals of this competition although many teams had made it to the regional finals in Philadelphia. The efforts of this team were truly remarkable given that none of them had ever competed for the Law School in trial competitions before this year. Team members, all second-year students, were Keaton Carr, Derek Jones, Joshua Lamm, Casey Mullen, Cassidy Neal, David Renner, Curt Schaffner, and Amanda Sorrell. Of these, Carr, Neal, and Renner presented the case for Duquesne. The team was coached by Professor Bruce Antkowiak, Michelle Mantine (L'06), and Kelli Giles (3D). Professor Michael Streib directed the trial moot court program.

Duquesne Wins Regional AAJ Mock Trial Competition 2010

AAJ 2010 Winning TeamOur third year team, Max Petrunya, Patrick Sullivan, Michaelene Weimer and Matthew Smith, defeated Richmond in the championship round to win the AAJ (formerly ATLA) regional competition in Pittsburgh. At the end of the first three rounds of competition, Duquesne trial teams were ranked as the #1 and #2 teams (being the only undefeated teams in the region). As a result, Duquesne sent both of its teams to the final four.

The second year team, Katie Chengery, David Brown, Jonathan Bechtel and Abbey Faett, made a strong showing as well but were defeated in the semi-finals. The team will compete in the national competition against other regional winners from March 18-21, 2010 in New Orleans.  Coaches are Professor Mike Streib, Professor Amelia Michele Joiner, and Mike Gianantonio.

Duquesne Law wins Regional National Trial Competition

National Trial Competition Regional Winners 2008Congratulations to our second year team, Keaton Carr, Cassidy Neal and David Renner, who defeated Villanova in the final round of the Regional Competition in Philadelphia, February 5-7, to advance to the National Championship in Dallas, to be held March 24-27. Keaton Carr was named Best Advocate of the Tournament. This is the first time Duquesne has won this tournament, hosted every year by Temple Law School. The entire Duquesne Team included Amanda Sorrell, Josh Lamm, Casey Mullen, Curt Schaffner and Derek Jones.The team is coached by Professors Bruce Antkowiak and Michelle Mantine, and third year student Kelli Giles. The Trial Advocacy program is under the direction of Professors Michael Streib and Amelia Joiner.

2008 Accomplishments

Winner National Tournament of Champions 2008
Championship at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition 2008
Regional Championship at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition 2008

Read More

Review the list of all Duquesne University School of Law trial advocacy wins from 1994 through 2012.