National Trial Team wins Quinnipiac criminal justice competition



Left to right: Vanessa Agbar ’22, Meredith Johnston ’23, Lindsay Hemminger ’23, Nicholas Spiller ’23  

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law National Trial Team went undefeated to win Quinnipiac School of Law’s highly competitive Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, which took place October 28-31. 

Team members Vanessa Agbar ’22, Meredith Johnston ’23, Lindsay Hemminger ’23, and Nicholas Spiller’23 went undefeated on their way to capturing the championship. The team’s coaches were Alex Carlson ’13, Maria Stamidis ’17, and Jhonell Campbell ’19. 

The Quinnipiac Criminal Justice Competition is one of the top trial advocacy competitions in the nation. Eighteen of the best advocacy programs from around the country are invited to compete each year. The competition was judged by sitting judges and experienced practitioners associated with the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Maryland Carey Law defeated several excellent teams, including a semifinal sweep of UCLA, the current #1 ranked team in trial advocacy. 


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