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Two Duquesne University Mock Trial Teams Win Titles

Two mock trial teams from Duquesne University have taken top titles in recent competitions.

A mock trial team from Duquesne University won the national Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Tournament on Nov. 10, and another team brought home a title from the American Bar Association (ABA) National Labor and Employment Law Regional Championship Nov. 14-16 in Chicago.

The team competing in Buffalo earned its title by defeating the University of Akron team in the last round of four days of fierce competition. Among the 30 other competitors were Syracuse, Fordham, John Marshall, Temple, Emory, Catholic University and American University.

Adrienne Sadosky, a law student who works in the Office of University Advancement at Duquesne, was named Best Advocate in the final round and won Best Cross Examination in the preliminary round. Other team members were Kelly Kaufold, James McGraw and Alicia Nocera.

Coaches, along with Professor Michael Streib, director of the Trial Advocacy Program, were Professor Amelia Michele Joiner; Michael Gianantonio of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman; Peter Giglione of Wilkes & McHugh and assistant coaches Professor Bruce Antkowiak, J. Richard Narvin and Michael Waltman.

In the ABA competition, 14 teams competed. Duquesne defeated the University of Illinois in the final round to advance to the national championship, which will be held in Chicago on Jan. 24-25. Teams from seven other regions will compete.

“The ABA competition is one of the most challenging in the country,” said coach Antkowiak. “The judges are all experienced, top-flight labor and employment attorneys from major firms and government offices around the nation. The level of competition was as high as I have ever seen it. For our team, composed entirely of students who had never competed for the law school before, to prevail in this was a truly remarkable achievement.”

Team members were Megan Arrington, Emily Fullerton, Tara Fertelmes and Michael Watson. Besides Antkowiak, coaches included Marla Presley, Ann Schiavone and attorney Peter McClenahan.

Earlier this month, a Duquesne team took the top title in the annual National Tournament of Champions sponsored on Nov. 1 by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and LexisNexis. By virtue of this win, the Duquesne University School of Law will host the National Tournament of Champions competition in 2010. The trophy will reside at Duquesne for the next year, until the competition is next held in New York City.

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