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Duquesne University Law School Teams Head to National Trial Competitions

Two teams from Duquesne University Law School student’s team, winners in regional moot trial contests, will be competing in championship rounds.For the first time, a Duquesne team has won the National Trial Competition Regional Tournament, which was held in Philadelphia on Feb. 5-7.

The team competed against 21 others, defeating Villanova to advance to the final rounds. The national championship, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, will be in Dallas on March 24-27.

Team members, all second-year law students, are Keaton Carr, Cassidy Neal and David Renner. Coaches are Professor Bruce Antkowiak, alumna Michelle Mantine and third-year student Kelli Giles.

In the Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh on Feb. 26-28, sponsored by the American Association for Justice, two of Duquesne’s teams reached the final four, competing again Penn State, the University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania and University of Richmond, among others.

Duquesne’s third-year team members Max Petrunya, Patrick Sullivan, Michaelene Weimer and Matthew Smith defeated Richmond in the final round and will advance to the national championship against other regional winners on March 18-21 in New Orleans. Coaches are Professor Mike Streib, Professor Amelia Michele Joiner and Mike Gianantonio.

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