Duquesne Law's National Trial Team Reaches Finals in Regional Competition

Duquesne 3L Law Student Kirstin KennedyDuquesne University School of Law's National Trial Competition (NTC) team was a finalist at the regional competition this past weekend. Duquesne's team of 3L students, Devyn Lisi, Kirstin Kennedy, and Veronica Miclot, were narrowly defeated by Drexel in the final round in a 3-2 decision. Kennedy (left) took home one of two Best Advocate awards. A second team of 3L students - Kallie Crawford, Christian Sesek, and Ellen Connally - excelled in two rounds of competition before being eliminated.

The NTC is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The team was coached by Robert Daley L'98, Margaret Cooney L'18, and Autumn Pividori L'14.

Duquesne 3L Law Student Samantha BeckOur Trial Advocacy program also put in an outstanding performance this past fall at the All Star National Challenge, hosted by St. Mary's University School of Law. Duquesne's 3L team placed 5th out of 34 teams. Samantha Beck, Shreya Desai, Marlee Debolt, Ariel Dickinson and Kathryn Olon received a team award for finishing in the Top 10. Beck (left) also received the Best Advocate Award.

The team was coached by Robert Disney, Chelsea Disney, Anthony Hassey L'17 and Matthew Newman L'17.

The Trial Advocacy program is under the direction of Adjunct Professor Peter Giglione L'02.

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