Duquesne Law team to participate in the Gourley Cup

A team of four Duquesne Law students will compete in the Gourley Cup at the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania on February 22 and 23, 2018. The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County sponsors the annual competition. Judges of the U.S. District Court host the event, one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, and only 12 teams are invited to participate.

The Duquesne Law team includes Eduardo Benatuil and Melissa Lewis serving as the advocates, and Joshua Allenberg and Stefanie Frelick acting as their witnesses.

The Gourley Cup is particularly difficult because only two teams advance past the preliminary round. This means that students have only one opportunity to present their case in front of local attorneys who serve as judges. Local high school students act as jury members.

Law students participating in the competition practice their advocacy skills in a real-life setting and develop their skills in case analysis, trial preparation, effective communication, witness preparation, and case presentation.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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