Monday, February 20, 2006

My Girlfriend Represents

This past weekend my clever girlfriend competed in the New England Regionals for the National Trial Competition. Her law school, Suffolk Law in Boston, sent two teams, each made up of three law students. The top 2 teams (out of 22) advance to Nationals, which takes place at the end of March in Dallas, Texas. As a testament to their court room prowess, both Suffolk teams advanced beating out, among others, Harvard Law, UConn, and Boston College. My girlfriend's team did the "near impossible" and finished with a perfect 5-0 record.

“The National Trial Competition (NTC) is one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the United States. Every ABA-accredited law school in the country is invited to compete... The competition will rely on more than 25 judges from the federal and state court systems, over 100 lawyers from the New Hampshire bar and 150 students from Pierce Law to act as judges, jurors and witnesses,” says Professor Albert ‘Buzz’ Scherr, director of the Pierce Law’s Trial Advocacy Program.

According to the Texas Young Lawyers Association homepage, "In addition to the prestige of competing at the top levels of one of the oldest, most respected trial competitions in the country, winning treams are provided many prize incentives. Customarily the Best Oral Advocate (and, if not on the same team, a member of the championship team) is invited to the ACTL annual meeting, at which the winning team is presented with a silver bowl and the $10,000 Kraft W. Eidman Award sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski. The Best Oral Advocate receives the George A. Spielberg Award sponsored by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen. The $5,000 award to the second-place team is sponsored by the firm of Beck, Redden & Secrest. "

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