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Loyola’s Trial Advocacy Team starts off with success

November 2, 2007

The Loyola University College of Law Trial Advocacy Program is pleased to announce that Loyola’s team went 2-1 in their trials at the National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by Michigan State University. The team was composed of law junior Linzee Locke, from Albuquerque, New Mexico; law junior Jacob Hargett, from Lafayette, Louisiana; law junior Amanda Howard, from Laplace, Louisiana; law senior Brian Guillot, from Harvey, Louisiana; and coached by law senior Tim DePaula, from Hammond, Louisiana.

Loyola was the only school at the national competition to take home multiple individual awards. In addition to their team success, Locke and Hargett both received individual honors. Out of 104 advocates in the competition, Locke won the award for Best Closing Argument. Hargett won the award for Best Cross-Examination.

“Loyola’s Trial Advocacy Program could not be prouder of this team; all of their hard work has really paid off,” said program president Matthew Sonn, common law senior.

Organized 1982, the Trial Advocacy Program’s purpose is to develop basic litigation skills that serve any area of legal practice in order to prepare students for a smooth transition from the study of law to the practice of law. The program focuses on learning by doing with practical instruction, demonstrations, feedback, and critique used to direct student learning. Students, who have no experience prior to training for the competition, have the opportunity of representing a “mock” client in a courtroom setting. Members of the Trial Advocacy Program have the opportunity to attend and compete in regional, state, and national trial advocacy competitions. Trial Advocacy provides students the foundation to advocate successfully for real clients in the courtroom.

For more information, please contact Matthew Sonn at trialad@loyno.edu

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