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Local Law Students Finish Second at National Trial Advocacy Tournament

In a national competition drawing 30 top-level schools, Duquesne University Law School’s Mock Trial Team garnered a prestigious second place finish. The team of third-year law students from Duquesne defeated Chicago-Kent in the quarterfinals and Temple in the semi-finals before losing to Creighton University in the final round at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.

In addition to Duquesne University, the tournament drew 29 top competitors from elite trial advocacy programs across the nation, including Syracuse, St. John’s, Florida State, the University of Houston and Columbia, among others.

The students on Duquesne’s winning team are Michelle Mantine, Lisa Mantella, Kirsha Weyandt, Kristin Schmidt, Jill Lipman, Gary Ertel, Marissa Colaizzi and David Trimmer. Mantine was named Best Advocate at the tournament. The team was coached by Assistant Law Professor Bruce Antkowiak and Christopher Boyd, a second-year law student at Duquesne.

The Mock Trial Team’s award-winning performance in Buffalo follows their victory at the 2005 ATLA Regional Championship, their eighth place finish in the 2005 ATLA National Championship and their accomplishment of reaching the finals at the 30th National Trial Competition.

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