Duquesne Law Students Meet in Rare Faceoff at Trial Competition Finals
Two teams of Duquesne University School of Law students outscored 14 other teams before reaching the finals in a rare faceoff against each other at the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) in Pittsburgh March 21-23.
The Duquesne teams met after defeating law schools from Penn State, Drexel, Rutgers, University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, University of Tulsa, West Virginia University and Widener University.
After nearly three hours of grueling competition and zealous advocacy at the championship on Sunday, the team of law students Andrew Rothey, Autumn Pividori, Kathleen Shoaff and Alex Poorman emerged as the regional champions. Law students Aubrey Smith, Asra Hashmi, Nicholas Jimenez and Kara Lattanzio were the runners up.
The winning team will advance to the AAJ national finals, which will be held from Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13, in Santa Monica, Calif. There, they will compete against 13 other teams and will be judged on their skills in case preparation, opening statements, use of facts, examination of lay and expert witnesses, and closing arguments.
"We are pleased to be among the trial advocacy powerhouse schools that can field two championship teams," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "Congratulations to the two teams, who worked every day for the past three and a half months-including their spring break-to prepare for this competition."
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.