Duquesne Law School’s Trial Moot Court Team is one of only 14 teams from law schools across the country to compete next month in the national championship round of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) final competition.
The Duquesne University team of four law students advanced to the finals after prevailing over eight other law schools, including Dickinson, Temple, Villanova. Michigan State and University of Virginia, in the regional tournament held in February. Duquesne has been a regional champion four out of the last six years.
The national competition, held from April 7-10 in West Palm Beach, Fla., focuses on civil cases dealing with products liability, medical malpractice/negligence issues or personal injury. Teams are judged on case preparation, opening statements, use of facts, the examination of lay and expert witnesses and closing arguments. The winning team and their coach will receive free airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration to the 2005 ATLA Convention in July in Toronto, Canada, where they will be recognized at the Membership Awards Reception and the Law Student Mentor Reception.
Duquesne’s winning team members are Deanna Shirley, Matthew Rippin, Robert Junker and Jill Lipman. The team is coached by Duquesne Law Professors Michael Streib and Bruce Antkowiak.
Duquesne second team made it to the semi-finals in the regional competition. The semi-finalist team members were Denise Abbott, Justin Landfair, Nichole Smith and David Trimmer.