(from L to R: William Rice, Lindsey Rennie, Brian Ephsteyn, Haneen Daham, Courtney Watkins, Jacqueline Taylor, Jhonell Campbell, and Daniel Moore)
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Trial Team earned first and second place at the American Association of Justice (AAJ) regional trial competition.
Maryland Carey Law sent two teams to the compete along with fifteen other teams from ten schools. The teams faced University of the District of Columbia, the University of Virginia, Appalachian School of Law, George Washington University, George Mason University, Fordham University, and two teams from Georgetown Law.
Teams at this year’s AAJ meet had to grapple with a fictional case involving liability after an automobile accident. The plaintiff is seeking damages from the physician of the other driver in the collision, who may have suffered a seizure while driving. The plaintiff claims the physician was negligent in not reporting his patient’s condition to the local department of motor vehicles.
Advancing through rounds of vigorous competition, both Maryland Carey Law teams found themselves in the finals. After a very close match with remarkable skills exhibited on both sides, the team consisting of 3Ls Courtney Watkins and Haneen Daham with 2Ls William Rice and Lindsey Rennie qualified for the national finals by edging out the team consisting of 3Ls Jacqueline Taylor and Brian Epshteyn with 2Ls Jhonell Campbell and Daniel Moore. The Watkins, Daham, Rice, and Rennie team remain undefeated in trial matches this year, accruing ten wins including the prestigious Lone Star event in October.
The trial teams competing at the AAJ competition were coached by Team Directors Ben Salsbury and Lindsey McCulley. A number of alumni worked with the teams to prepare them for the compeition: Anwar Graves '12, Ian Anthony '13, Lindsay DeFrancesco '17, Justin Wallace '15, Stephanie Klock '15, Magaly Bittner '14, Patrick Dillon '17, and Annie McGuire '17. The efforts of Professor Jerry Deise, Steve McAuliffe, Judge Alexander Wright, Judge Robert McDonald, Judge Pamela White, Judge Timothy Meredith, and Professor Neil Dilloff, who judged practice trials for the AAJ team, were also invaluable to the teams’ success.
Congratulations to both teams, and we wish Courtney Watkins, Haneen Daham, William Rice, and Lindsey Rennie the best of luck at the AAJ National Finals April 12-15.