2016-2017 Competitions


National Trial Advocacy  (N.T.A.)

Lansing, Michigan
Nov. 4 - 6, 2016 

Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. Invitational 

New York, New York
Nov. 11 – 13, 2016 

Fordham Team
Margaret Cooney, Kristin Hoffman, Anthony Hassey, Christopher Pruessner, Michael Zagari, and Susan Pickup


Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Buffalo, New York
Nov. 11-14, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Team
Eleni Skezas, Jonathan Dalziel, Anthony Caligiure, Taylor Corn, Emily Shanahan, and Joseph Joyce

National Civil Trial Competition (N.C.T.C.)

Santa Monica, Calif.
Nov. 18 – 20, 2016

Duquesne Law was invited to compete in the 2016 National Civil Trial Competition, one of only 16 teams from law schools throughout the country receiving the invitation. Ryan Naumann, Anthony Bianco, Rachel Wenger, and Matthew Newman competed in the prestigious event in Santa Monica, Calif., in Nov. 2016. Law alumni Brock McCandless and Max Petrunya coached the students.

Ryan Naumann, Matthew Newman, Rachel Wenger, Max Petrunya (coach), Brock McCandless (coach), Brian Farrington, Anthony Bianco, and Amber McGee


National Trial Competition .N.T.C.)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb. 9 – 12, 2017 

NTC Team

Maggie Cooney, Mike Zagari, Kristin Hoffman

Duquesne Law trial teams of Anthony Hassey, Matthew Newman, and Amanda Perry, and second-year students (L-R) Maggie Cooney, Mike Zagari, and Kristin Hoffman, and competed in the 2017 National Trial Competition Northeast Regionals in Philadelphia in February.

The team of 2Ls was undefeated in the preliminary rounds, defeating 3L teams from Villanova, Seton Hall, and the University of Pennsylvania – an unprecedented achievement by a 2L team at this competition. The students narrowly lost to a 3L Drexel team in the semi-final round.

Congratulations to the competitors, as well as students Josh Allenberg, Sara Watkins, Kyle Fiesler, and Luke Gatten, and the competition coaches, Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator Pete Giglione, L ’02, and Adjunct Professors Bob Daley, L’98, and Jaime Hickton, L’13.

Academy of Trial Lawyers (Gourley Cup)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb. 15 - 17, 2017 

Photo of Ryan Naumann

Ryan Naumann, 3L, was named Second Best Advocate among all competitors at the 2017 Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition in February.

The Academy Competition (also known as the "Gourley Cup"), is particularly difficult because of its structure of having only one preliminary round and one final round, and the top two teams being selected after one trial. A total of 24 advocates from law schools including the University of Akron, Case Western, George Mason, University of Pittsburgh, Widener-Delaware, William & Mary, participated in the competition.

Although the team did not advance to the finals, Duquesne Law gave a strong performance. Congratulations to Naumann and all of the students, as well as Adjunct Professor Julian Neiser, L'01, and Andrew Rothey, L'14, the team coaches.

American Association for Justice (A.A.J.)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
March 9 - 12, 2017 


South Texas Challenge

Houston, Texas 
March 29-April 2, 2017

South Texas Team
Natalie Tupta, Christopher Preussner, Robert Byers, and Nicholle Pitt-White

The Duquesne Law trial team of Robert Byers, 3L, Christopher Preussner, 3L, Nicholle Pitt-White, 3L, and Natalie Tupta, 2L, recently competed at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge. The competition in Houston, Texas, is a 32-team tournament involving the best trial advocacy programs in the country. While the Duquesne team was knocked-out after round four, Duquesne students fared well against highly-ranked Georgia State (a team that ultimately advanced to the final four), Hofstra, and Cumberland.
The team was coached by Chelsea Cramer, Esq., the Hon. James J. Ross, and Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator Pete Giglione, L'02.

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