From the 2006 News Archive
Trial Team's success continues, places second at National Championship
The University of Maryland School of Law’s National Trial Team continued its remarkable success last week, placing second in the American College of Trial Lawyers national competition in Dallas, Texas.
Team members 3L David Chamberlin (team co-captain) and 2Ls Rachel Simmons and Sig Libowitz advanced to the final round before losing a very close match to Loyola of Los Angeles.
"This is an extraordinary accomplishment," said Professor Jerry Deise, the team's coach. "We can all once again be extremely proud of our trial team and our advocacy programs."
The American College of Trial Lawyers is an organization comprised of the most outstanding trial lawyers in America, and its annual trial competition is one of the two most challenging and prestigious of national trial advocacy competitions. Maryland School of Law placed second among 150 schools representing 13 regions from across the country, composed of 296 teams and more than 600 students from virtually every law school in the country. Only 28 teams, approximately 50 students, advanced to the national competition.
The Maryland team advanced to the national level after winning its regional competition by defeating teams from top schools in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., including a team from Georgetown in the final.
The team representing Maryland in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s National Trial Competition, the nation’s other most prestigious competition, competed March 29 in Miami. The team included 3L Julia Carolan, 3L Veronica Jennings, 3L Andy Lopez and 2L Jason Downs, along with alternates 3Ls Tiffany Harvey and Seth Kleiner. They are accompanied by assistant coaches, Marnell Cooper and Ramsay Whitworth.
This team won a regional competition including 16 schools, and was undefeated in each of its five rounds and remained in first place throughout the competition.