Trial Advocacy Teams are Successful in Competition

Congratulations to Loyola's Trial Advocacy Teams that competed last weekend in the Dallas regional of the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy mock trial competition. The event was held at the state district courthouse in Dallas. Loyola’s teams compiled a record of 4-2 and placed 6th and 8th out of 18 teams competing. As Adjunct Professor Bill Sommmers stated, "We defeated LSU (twice), Texas Weslyan and Cumberland. Cumberland placed 2nd nationally last year and won it the year before. Our region was the toughest in the United States and included with Cumberland and other national powerhouses Baylor, SMU and South Texas. In the 8 years I have been doing this with Loyola, this is the best overall showing we have ever had with two teams. 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 teams consisted of Sarah Clayton, Kate Trotter, Ross Boudreaux and Tom Schlosman, coached by Adam McBride, and Jenny Comarda, Leah Rosenberg, Dave Bernard and Joe DeFazio, coached by Bradley Phillips.

Again, as Professor Sommers said, "Our students performed with skill, class and professionalism at every level and will be the leaders of our profession as a result of what they learned preparing for this event. The students performed with passion, commitment and dedication to this task."

Congratulations to these teams ... we are very proud of you!