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Students Reach Championship Round at National Civil Trial Competition

The Duquesne University School of Law team of Colin Esgro, Elsbeth Koefer, Erica Lombardo and Ryan Wilk advanced to the championship round of the 11th annual National Civil Trial Competition held Nov. 16-18, in Santa Monica, Calif.

The team competed against 15 other law schools before losing in a split decision to Syracuse University College of Law.

The National Civil Trial Competition is an invitational tournament that features ABA accredited law schools that have demonstrated excellence in both mock trial competitions and in the training of law students in litigation skills.

The students are required to perform opening statements, direct- and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses, present closing arguments and argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each team participates in a minimum of three "trials" as part of the competition, which is judged by members of the Southern California Bar.

Adjunct Law Professors Sarah Bronderand and Amy Joseph Coles served as coaches with assistance from Adjunct Professors Lisa Barnett and Manning O'Connor II.

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