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Trial Team Places Fourth at National Tournament in NY

Members of the University of Maryland School of Law National Trial Team placed fourth during the 2009 National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions, the nation’s most prestigious trial competition. The competition was held at St. John’s University School of Law Belson Moot Court Room in Brooklyn, NY on October 26 – November 1, 2009.

Maryland’s Trial Team included third-year law students Greg Arbogast, Mark Edelson, Christopher Monti, and Ryan Severson as well as practice team members Keith Shebairo and Joseph Stovall, also third-year law students, in addition to Jamar Brown, Matt Miller, Carrie Scrufari and Keisha Williams, second-year law students.

The team defeated award-winning teams Syracuse University College of Law, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, and Stetson University College of Law in the preliminary rounds before advancing to the semi-finals where they competed against South Texas College of Law, who placed second in the competition last year. At the end of the round, of the three judges, one voted for South Texas, another for Maryland Law, and the third was tied. When the third judge was forced to award one point to one of the teams, it was awarded to South Texas.

With only the top 16 teams in the nation invited to participate, the Tournament of Champions is considered among the two most prestigious competitions of its kind, along with the annual National Civil Trial Competition. Members of the School of Law’s National Trial Team will also compete during the National Civil Trial Competition at the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles from November 12-14, 2009.

The National Trial Team is a for-credit student organization that prepares its members for success in oral advocacy, while enriching each team member’s ability in learning evidence, trial planning, effective examinations, and persuasive oral argument. The team, coached by Professor Jerome Deise, includes a classroom component with lectures and practical exercises as well as outside competitions against other law schools.


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