From the 2006 News Archive
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Trial Teams Victorious in Regional Competitions, Advance to National Championships

Get ready to fill out your brackets – two teams from the University of Maryland School of Law have prevailed in regional court competition and are now contending for a national championship.

The School’s National Trial Team was victorious in the regional competition of the National Tournament of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) on February 6, the won again at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Regional Trial Competition on March 6.

The ACTL national final will be held this week in Dallas with David Chamberlain, Rachel Simmons and Sig Libowitz representing Maryland after defeating teams from top schools in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., including a team from Georgetown in the final.

In the ATLA competition, the team of Julia Carolan, Jason Downs, Veronica Jennings and Andy Lopez was victorious among 16 schools. In a very tough quarter-final round they defeated Howard University, then defeated William and Mary in the semi-final round and Southern Methodist University in the final round. This Maryland team was undefeated in each of its 5 rounds and remained in first place throughout the competition. The team will compete in the ATLA national competition in Miami from March 31-April 2.

"The team wishes to thank our students, Dean Rothenberg and the deans, faculty, judges and practitioners who contributed to the team's success," said coach Professor Jerome Deise.

"Special thanks to my assistant coaches, former trial team stars, Marnell Cooper, Esq., and Ramsey Whitworth, Esq., who did a superb job preparing the team and providing support during the competition. We are very fortunate to have alumni, like them and A.J. Bellido deLuna, who volunteer considerable time and talent to help coach our teams. Without their generosity, example and leadership our teams would not be successful."

In mid-March, Maryland recorded another victory, sweeping both "Best Brief" categories at the 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court northeast regional competition in Boston. The team of Alex Hanna and Catherine Toppin won awards for writing the Best Appellant Brief and Best Appellee Brief. Alex and Catherine beat out twenty (20) teams, including teams from the following schools with top-ranked intellectual property (IP) law programs: Columbia University (2 teams), Duke University, Franklin Pierce Law Center (2 teams), and last year’s national round competitor, University of Minnesota.


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