Duquesne University School of Law's Excellence in Trial Advocacy Continues

The Law School is pleased to announce continued success in our trial advocacy program! Our third-year team won the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition in Pittsburgh, February 27-March 1. Team members Lisa Barnett, Brock McCandless, Megan Lehman, and Linda Obioha defeated the University of Arkansas and the University of North Carolina in the final round. The third-year team won every trial in this competition by unanimous vote. They move on to the national competition in West Palm Beach on April 2.

Our second-year team also performed exceptionally well by defeating University of Pennsylvania, University of Arkansas, and Appalachian School of Law to make the final round where they were narrowly defeated by the University of North Carolina. Team members are Jessica Barson, Max Petrunya, Patrick Sullivan, and Michaelene Weimer.

The teams are coached by Professor Michael Streib, Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Duquesne; Assistant Professor Amelia Michele Joiner; Michael Gianantonio L'02; and Michelle Mantine L'06.

"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.

"A national championship, an open invitational championship, two regional championships, and now a shot at a second national championship all in one year is absolutely, unequivocally amazing."

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.

Second Edition of Professor Antkowiak's Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure Released

The Second Edition of Associate Professor Bruce Antkowiak's treatise, Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure, has just been released by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Fourteen new chapters covering topics such as the death penalty, the Confrontation Clause, expert testimony, jury selection, grand jury practice and ineffective assistance of counsel have been added. The 33 original chapters on search and seizure, confessions and other topics have been significantly updated. It was completed with the invaluable editorial assistance of the Duquesne Law Review.

Professor Ledewitz's latest book, Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Belief, Practice

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