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Trial Advocacy Team competes in Dallas

March 12, 2010

Left to Right: Bradley Phillips, Jenny Comarda, Leah Rosenberg, Joe De Fazio, David Bernard, Bill Sommers

Two Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Trial Advocacy teams competed recently in a mock trial competition for the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy in Dallas.

One team included students Adam McBride, Sarah Clayton, Tom Shlosman, Ross Boudreaux and Kate Trotter. They were coached by Adam McBride. The other team included students Bradley Phillips, Jenny Comarda, Leah Rosenberg, Joe De Fazio and David Bernard. They were coached by Bradley Phillips. Both teams were advised by Loyola adjunct law professor William Sommers.

Loyola’s teams compiled a record of 4-2 and placed 6th and 8th out of 18 teams competing. Loyola defeated Louisiana State University twice and bested Texas Weslyan University and Cumberland University, champions in 2008.

"In the eight years I have been doing this with Loyola, this is the best overall showing we have ever had with two teams,” Sommers said. “Even more amazing is the fact that our team was composed entirely of first-time advocates who have never competed in a national event."

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; and how to prepare and present persuasive opening and closing arguments, proper impeachment, tendering of experts and introduction of evidence.

For more information, e-mail trialad@loyno.edu. For more information on the College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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