Duquesne Law students win regionals of National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Congratulations to Alyssa Lazar, 2L, Amy Kerlin 3L, and Amanda Geary, 3L, who were named Regional Champions of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Brooklyn, New York, in February.

Kerlin, Geary, and Lazar argued on and off brief a total of five times over three days and beat teams from Southern Methodist University, University of Baltimore, Florida Coastal, and William & Mary. In addition to winning the regional competition, the team earned the Fifth Best Brief award. The Duquesne Law team will compete in the NAAC's national finals in Washington, D.C., April 5-7, 2018.

Duquesne Law's second team at the regional competition, with Nicoline van de Haterd, 2L, Alfred Vogt, 2L, and Taylor Wantz, 2L, also did an excellent job, beating a team from Villanova University School of Law before narrowly missing advancement to the semi-finals.

Adjunct Professor Erin Karsman, the appellate advocacy program coordinator, and Adjunct Professor Frank Stoy, L'12, coached the students. Karsman also accompanied the teams to the regional event.

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