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Trial Team Sweeps Top Two Places in AAJ Competition

The only team that could stop Maryland Law's National Trial Team at the 2009 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition was ... the other team from the University of Maryland School of Law.

The law school’s two teams both advanced through four rounds of competition, before battling head-to-head in the championship round. The team of 3L Lauren Grossman, and 2Ls Greg Arbogast, Cathrin Banks, and Ryan Severson narrowly outscored the team of 3L Erin Frazee, and 2Ls John Everett, Christopher Madaio, and Keith Shebairo. The winning team will now advance to the National Finals in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the beginning of April.

Competition took place from Feb.27-March 1 in Washington, D.C. The case file was a premises liability action against an airport hotel based on a murder in its parking lot.

Maryland Law’s championship team went undefeated in the preliminary rounds against University of Baltimore School of Law, Regent University School of Law, and Georgetown Law, advancing to the semifinal round as the #1 seed out of 16 teams, before beating the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law to reach the final.

The School of Law’s other team bypassed William & Mary School of Law, George Mason School of Law, and another University of Baltimore School of Law team to advance to the semifinal round as the #3 seed out of 16 teams. The team defeated the University of Richmond School of Law to reach the finals.

The National Trial Team is led by Professor Jerome Deise. Maryland Law graduates Ramsay Whitworth and Peter Nothstein were the principal coaches of the teams, and have earned the teams’ heartfelt thanks for their efforts. The team also extends its appreciation to Professor Deise, A.J. Bellido de Luna, Marnell Cooper, Julia Carolan, and all of the local judges and practitioners who helped them prepare for the competition.


Posted by James Smith on March 9, 2009

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