Advocates Choice Award goes to team of Duquesne Law, Pitt Law students

Bryson Stephen, a J.D. candidate from Duquesne University School of Law, and teammates from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, won the Advocates' Choice Award at the Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon at St. Johns School of Law in Queens, New York, in October. The Advocates' Choice Award goes to the team voted by the competitors as having the highest degree of skill, competence, and professionalism.

Stephen played a key role in the recognition with his cross-examination and closing statement during the competition.

As the only securities competition in the country, the triathlon provides students with an opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by simulating a realistic and comprehensive securities dispute. Specifically, it challenges participants to negotiate a settlement, engage in mediation, and conduct an arbitration in single competition. The teams consist of three J.D. candidates who will each play the roles of attorneys, clients, investors and broker-dealers while three judges from FINRA's roster judge each of the rounds. Awards are given for Excellence in Negotiation, Excellence in Mediation Advocacy, and Excellence in Arbitration Advocacy, as well as the award to the Triathlon Champion and the Advocates' Choice Award.

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