2015-2016 Competitions

Spring 2016

South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

Houston, Texas
April 13-17, 2016

South Texas Team 

Students: Megan Carben, Chris Pruessner, Nicole Pitt, Corey Young, Kaitlyn Burns, and Eric Rudel
Coaches: Chelsea Cramer, Julian Neiser, L '01, and Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator Pete Giglione, L '02 

Congratulations to the Duquesne Trial Moot Court team of (from left) Megan Carben, Chris Pruessner, Nicole Pitt, Corey Young, Kaitlyn Burns, and Eric Rudel, who advanced to the "Sweet 16" octo-finals at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, Texas.  A special congratulations to Young, who received the Outstanding Advocate award. 

The South Texas Challenge is one of the largest and toughest trial competitions in the country. Duquesne faced Georgia State, University of Connecticut, and Thomas Jefferson in the preliminary rounds, but ultimately lost to Maryland in the octo-final round by a slim margin.  


American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Philadelphia, Pa. 
March 9-13, 2016

AAJ Team

Student Team: Anthony Bianco, Megan Carben, Andrew Clifford, Joseph Joyce, Ryan Naumann, Matt Newman, Tallie VanVuren, Sarah Weikart, and Corey Young
Coaches: Brock E. McCandless, L'09, and Max Petruyna, L'10

Members of Duquesne’s Trial Advocacy Progam advanced to the semi-final round of the regional American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, which was held in Philadelphia March 9-13, 2016. Team members (from left) Ryan Naumann, Tallie Val Vuren, Sarah Weikart, and Matthew Newman beat teams from Seton Hall University, Pennsylvania State University, and Rutgers University, before losing a close trial against Drexel University, which went on to win the competition.


Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Mock Trial Competition

February 18, 2016

Photo of Jonathan Dalziel

Photo of John O'Brien

Jonathan Dalziel John O'Brien

Student Teams: Jonathan Dalziel, Marcus Lipinski, and John O’Brien, Devin Bennati, Robert Byers, and Kyle Fiesler
Coaches: Julian Neiser, L'01, and Andrew Rothey, L'14

Second-year students Jonathan Dalziel, Marcus Lipinski and John O’Brien represented Duquesne Law at the annual Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Mock Trial Competition. The event originated in 1963 as a “friendly” mock trial fray between Duquesne and the University of Pittsburgh. Today, the invitation-only Competition has grown to include numerous law schools from the Midwest and Eastern United States, and it is judged by actual federal court judges. Scoring is done by local attorney-members of the Academy, a small invitation-only organization of trial lawyers. It is also one of the hardest competitions to win, as there is only one preliminary round (as opposed to three or four at other competitions), no semi-final round, and therefore the competitors must score as many points as possible in the preliminary round for any chance to be one of the two teams that advance to the finals.  

The Duquesne Law team was also comprised of Devin Bennati, Robert Byers, and Kyle Fiesler. While Dalziel and O’Brien gave flawless performances as advocates, our team ultimately did not advance to the final round.


Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition

February 11-13, 2016

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Students Teams: Abigail Nath, Anthony Caliguire, and Christopher Quinn, Anthony Hassey, Andrew Kiger, and Nialyn Reid-Pagliari
Coaches: A. Michael Gianantonio, L’02; Robert F. Daley, L’98; and Jaime M. Hickton L’13 

Congratulations to (from left) 3L students Abigail Nath, Christopher Quinn, and Anthony Calguire, who advanced to the semi-finals of the Texas Young Lawyers Assoc. National Trial Competition.  2L students Anthony Hassey, Andrew Kiger (not shown), and Nialyn Reid-Pagliari, all first-time competitors, also excelled, unanimously defeating Widener in the first round with a very impressive performance. 


Fall 2015

16th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition (N.T.A.C.)
State Bar of Michigan

Lansing, Michigan
October 9 – 11, 2015


Student Team: Kyle Boker, Sarah Weikart, Eric Rudel, Marcus Lipinski (not pictured)
Coach: Julian Neiser, L'01


Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition
University at Buffalo Law School

Buffalo, New York
November 7 – 10, 2015

 Buffalo Niagara Team

Student Team:  Andrew Clifford, Amanda Barr (not pictured), Anthony Pugliese, Kristine Kowal (not pictured)
Coaches: Lisa Mantella (second from left), and Andrew Rothey, L'14 (right)


National Civil Trial Competition
Loyola Law School

Santa Monica, California
November 13 – 15, 2015


Students: Corey Young, Megan Carben, Tallie Van Vuren, Christian Angotti
Coaches: Brock McCandless and Max Petruyna

For the third straight year, the Duquesne University School of Law’s Trial Moot Court program was one of only 16 teams invited to the prestigious National Civil Trial Competition (N.C.T.C.) in Santa Monica, California.  This year, Duquesne students Christian Angotti, Megan Carben, Tallie Van Vuren and Corey Young defeated Chicago-Kent School of Law, widely regarded as one of the best trial advocacy programs in the country, but were ultimately eliminated from the competition by a narrow 2-1 loss to Cumberland in the third round.  The N.C.T.C. team was coached by Adjunct Professors Brock McCandless, Max Petrunya, and Pete Giglione, who serves as the Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator. 


Kelly Invitational Trial Competition
Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center

Fordham University School of Law
November 14 -15, 2015

Kelly Invitational Team

Students: Christopher Quinn and Abigail Nath
Coaches: Robert Daley (center left) and Mike Gianantino (right)

For the first time in our program’s history, Duquesne was also invited to compete in another prestigious national trial competition, the Kelley Competition, hosted by Fordham University School of Law in New York.  The Duquesne team of Abigail Nath and Christopher Quinn was undefeated going into the semi-final round after eliminating Drexel and George Washington, but was eliminated by only a few points when their record tied that of another school.  The Kelley team was coached by Adjunct Professors Mike Gianantonio, Bob Daley, and Chelsea Cramer.


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