2014-2015 Competitions

Spring 2015 

South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

March 25-29, 2015

American Association for Justice (AAJ) - 2L TEAM SEMI-FINALISTS

March 19-22, 2015, Buffalo

AAJ Team 2

AAJ Team

Duquesne Law sent two teams to the prestigious American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Buffalo, March 19-22, 2015.  The team of (from left) Nick Jimenez, Aubrey Smith, Richard White, and Rebecca Silinski performed admirably but missed advancing to the regional’s semi-final round. The second team (from left), Corey Young, Annemarie Harr, Tallie VanVuren, and Noah Walstrom competed in the semi-final round and narrowly lost in a split decision by the judges.The fact that a second-year team made it all the way to the regional semi-finals speaks to the effectiveness of Duquesne Law’s trial advocacy program. Congratulations to both teams, coaches Julian Neiser, L’01, and Brock McCandless, L'09, and Adjunct Professor Peter D. Giglione, L’02, who directs the Trial Advocacy Program.


52nd Annual Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition (Gourley Cup)

February 18-20, 2015, Pittsburgh  

Duquesne Law fielded one of 16 teams competing in the Academy Mock Trial Competition, or Gourley Cup. Amanda Barr (3E) and Maggie Miller (3L) advocated for the defense, and Marcus Lipinski (2L) served as witness. The Duquesne students did a phenomenal job, with Barr being commended by members of the Academy of Trial Lawyers on her near flawless direct examination of the witness and medical expert. Miller delivered two incredible cross examinations of the plaintiff's fact witness and the plaintiff's medical expert, and concluded the performances with a strong closing.  

Gourley provides an excellent learning experience for competitors. Students get an actual case, instead of three- or four-page depositions and two-page complaints, and have opportunities to demonstrate their skills in preparation in serving as trial lawyers. Although the Duquesne Law team did not advance, the School of Law is immensely proud of the students and coach Max Petrunya for the superb showing at this year's competition.  

National Trial Regional Competition (NTC)

February 5-8, 2015, Philadelphia

NTC Team

Both Duquesne Law teams made it to the semi-final round of the prestigious National Trial Competition in Philadelphia. In addition, one team moved to the regional’s final round and a Duquesne Law student was named Best Advocate.   

Congratulations to finalists Nicholas Yovich, Abby Nath and Grant Nagy for their stellar work. The team beat Villanova in the semi-finals and faced Temple – the host school – losing by just a few points. Yovich (above right) was named one of only two Best Advocates of the competition. This was quite an honor, especially with the judges being senior partners at litigation firms, federal prosecutors and a chief public defender. Yovich drew praise from all of them.   

Congratulations also to Asra Hashmi, Vince Cocco and Alex Poorman, who finished as semi-finalists after narrowly losing to Temple. The high placement of our teams demonstrates Duquesne Law’s excellence in competing in national trial events.  

Trial Advocacy Program Director Pete Giglione, L’02, served as coach with Mike Gianantonio, L’02.  

Fall 2014

National Trial Advocacy Competition (NTAC) - FINALISTS

Detroit, October 2014



Congratulations to Duquesne Law's National Trial Team of (above photo, left to right) Asra Hashmi, Richard White, Coach Julian Neiser, L'01, Annemarie Harr, Vincent Cocco, named finalists at the National Trial Advocacy Competition at Michigan State University in October 2014. Duquesne Law defeated Houston, SUNY Buffalo, Michigan State, and Creighton on the way to the final round. Elbert Gray, L'03 (missing from the photos), coached the team with Neiser. 

Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Buffalo, November 2014

Buffalo Niagara Team               Buffalo Niagara Team

Duquesne Law's team (above photo left to right) Douglas Sullivan, Grant Nagy Maggie Miller, and Nick Yovich made a strong showing at the Buffalo-Niagra Mock Trial Competition in November 2014. Lisa Mantella, Alicia Nocera, and Professor S. Michael Streib coached the team. 


National Civil Trial Competition - SEMI-FINALISTS

Los Angeles, November 2014

NCTC Team                  NCTC Team

Congratulations to our National Trial Team of (photo above left to right) Alex Poorman, Rebecca Silinski, Coach Max Petrunya, Aubrey Smith, and Nick Jimenez who finished as Semi-Finalists at the National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles Nov. 13-16, 2014. The NCTC is one of the top competitions in the country. Highlights included an impressive win against Pepperdine (one of the competition favorites), a near flawless performance against Liberty, and a narrow loss to Baylor. After a hard-fought battle, Duquesne lost to Stetson in the semi-finals 2-1.  

In addition to Max Petrunya, Mike Gianantonio and Brock McCandless coached the team. Advancing in a prestigious competition and going up against the top teams in the country are important accomplishments for the program. Congratulations to all, including Trial Advocacy Director Peter Giglione, who traveled with the team and provided key support. 

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