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Trial Advocacy Team places second in regional competition

March 13, 2009

Jacob Hargett, Trial Advocacy president, helps students practice

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team placed second in the regionals of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, held Feb. 27 - March 1, in Atlanta, Ga. Loyola lost to Cumberland School of Law by only one point. This event drew more than 250 teams from around the nation and placed Loyola in the top 32 trial teams in the country.

Team members include Sophie Rosado, Thomas Sanderson, Bradley Phillips and Adam McBride.

The coaches of the AAJ team were Amanda Howard, alumni chair on the Trial Advocacy Board, and Bill Sommers, an adjunct faculty member who works with the program.

The Trial Advocacy Program, formerly the Board of Advocates/Association of Trial Lawyers of America, was organized in the fall of 1982. The purpose of the Trial Advocacy Program is to prepare students for a smooth transition from the study of law to actual practice. The objectives of this program are educational and practical.

The program focuses on learning by doing with practical instruction, demonstrations, feedback and critique. It teaches students the strategy of a trial and how to conduct themselves in a courtroom setting, how to speak persuasively, conduct direct and cross examinations, prepare and present persuasive opening and closing arguments, proper impeachment, tendering of experts, and introduction of evidence.

For more information, contact Jacob Hargett, Trial Advocacy president, at trialad@loyno.edu.

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