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Students Reach Championship Round at 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 11th annual National Civil Trial Competition held Nov. 16-18, in Santa Monica, Calif.

The team competed against 15 other law schools before losing in a split decision to Syracuse University College of Law.

The National Civil Trial Competition is an invitational tournament that features ABA accredited law schools that have demonstrated excellence in both mock trial competitions and in the training of law students in litigation skills.

The students are required to perform opening statements, direct- and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses, present closing arguments and argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each team participates in a minimum of three "trials" as part of the competition, which is judged by members of the Southern California Bar.

Adjunct Law Professors Sarah Bronderand and Amy Joseph Coles served as coaches with assistance from Adjunct Professors Lisa Barnett and Manning O'Connor II.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.