The UM Carey Law National Trial Team wrapped up another winning season, just as its long-time director Professor Jerry Deise wrapped up one remarkable chapter in his career and started another. As an emeritus professor, Deise will remain active at the law school, but has ceded day-to-day direction of the Trial Team to A. J. Bellido de Luna ’04, who is also managing director of the Clinical Law Program. "To say Jerry will be missed is an understatement." Bellido de Luna said. "His profound influence on the minds and trial skills of current and future lawyers is unmatched."
Deise joined the faculty in 1991 and has been directing the National Trial Team since 2000. Under his leadership, it has won 19 competitions, finished second in 12, earned 14 individual awards and honors, finished in the top four of the Tournament of Champions 6 times, and won the 2006 NITA Tournament of Champions Competition.
This year’s team maintained that tradition, with an appearance in Santa Monica at the national finals of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) after placing first at AAJ’s regional competition in Washington, DC, due to the hard work of third- year students Wandalay Fernandez, Eshawn Rawlley, Tom Nucum, and Martin Nestares. Another group, comprised of third-year student Dan Phipps and second-year students Connie Lee, Stephanie Klock, and Trevonne Walford, took second place at the AAJ regional.
That strong performance was the result of a collaboration that included mentoring from 25 current and former judges plus 17 other lawyers, many of them UM Carey Law alumni, whom Deise recruited.
Jerry Deise has been "a master craftsman in shaping trial lawyers," wrote Stuart Salsbury '71, as part of a tribute to Deise on his retirement. His students "can be counted among the most successful young trial lawyers in Maryland," he added. Salsbury himself is a prominent Baltimore attorney, member of the UM Carey Law Board of Visitors, a Trial Team coach and the father of former Trial Team member and now coach Ben Salsbury ’07.
Salsbury and his wife were so impressed with Deise’s work they created the Stuart M. and Suzanne B. Salsbury Trial Advocacy Fund, in 2008 and, in honor of Deise’s retirement, recently offered to match up to $25,000 in contributions to the Trial Advocacy Program.
"Whether you know Professor Jerry Deise as a colleague, professor, or friend, you know he is passionate about the National Trial Team and teaching students the art of advocacy," observed A.J. Bellido de Luna. "Please join us in making a gift to the Trial Advocacy Fund in his honor. Thanks to Stuart and Suzanne Salsbury, it will double in size."
You may give online at www.umcareylaw.net\TrialAdvocacy