The Advocacy Center consists of five experiential programs that prepare students for all aspects of the practice of law: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Danny and Mary Becnel Trial Advocacy, International Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Moot Court.
Teams from the Advocacy Center vie nationally and internationally in Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation, Arbitration, and Mediation competitions.
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More Great News!
Our Southern Classic Trial team competed in their virtual competition this past weekend and they missed the semis by a slim margin! They competed against Tulane, SMU, Ole Miss, and NYU. They swept Tulane, handily took down Ole Miss, and tied NYU in two ballots, losing only one ballot, which kept them from advancing.
Please congratulate Ronnie Cantin, Jana Chebat, Jeremy Gatz-Miller and Cassidy Sanderson, who represented the prosecution (Cassidy and Jeremy) and defense (Ronnie and Jana). They were coached by Erica Navalance. This competition started with 16 teams and the final four included Harvard, Fordham, George Mason, and Texas Tech. We were close!
We are so proud again of our hardworking students!
Congratulations ABA Negotiation Team!
The ABA Negotiation Competition was held virtually; Dylan Hoke and Forrest Ladd performed well! They were coached by our recent alumnus Taylor Malinosky and negotiated first on behalf of a small private University hosting an Olympic style event and second on behalf of an organization that sought to have a booth and pass out literature at the events. As Dylan Hoke put it, "We gave the winners of the entire competition a run for their money."
We are very proud of their hard work - they represented Loyola well.
Congratulations to our First Amendment Team!
Congrats to the First Amendment Moot Court Team, who finished in the quarterfinals of their tournament. Led by coach Katelyn McGibney, team members Mary Claire Kramer, Sarah Beth Hyde, and Brooke Hathaway presented outstanding arguments before a seasoned panel of judges in an all virtual format. Great job team!
Congrats to our All Star Bracket Challenge Trial Team!
Our trial team gave an excellent performance in four trials over four days in a 64-team national trial ad tournament involving a criminal RICO charge. Walking away with six ballots, the team represented their clients well! Congrats to Forrest Ladd, Richard Kohnke, Matt Thompson, coach Jon Maestri, Camrie Ventry and Daniel Olivier.
Congratulations to our Costello Trial Ad Team! Camrie Ventry, Amanda Olmstead, and Forrest Ladd were coached by Nick Bergeron (L ‘17) and won Runner Up Best Defense Team among a field of 32 schools. The team advanced to the semi finals against Georgetown after taking on NYU, Case Western, and University of Houston. We are so proud of these Advocacy Center students!