Trial Team Competition Update from Prof. Jerome E. Deise

    Over the past few weeks, the National Trial team was busy competing in three tournaments in Michigan, Chicago and San Francisco. Among their accomplishments was receiving a Perfect Score Award, a Best Opening Award, a Semi-Finalist Award and Runner-Up to the National Championship at this year’s Tournament of Champions.  Please join me in congratulating our entire team for their superb performances once again, and to all of the volunteer judges, attorneys and alumni who dedicated so much of their time to ensure we continue our tradition of excellence.  The specifics of each round follows:   

    National Trial Advocacy Competition - E. Lansing, Michigan:
    This tournament was sponsored by Michigan State University where twenty six teams from an applicant pool of more than seventy law schools were invited to participate. 3L’s Letam Duson, Daniel Flanagan, James O’Donnell and Ashley Sharif competed in this competition. They were supported by 2L Wandaly Fernandez and 3E Daniel Phipps. The team was accompanied by coaches and Trial Team alums Jamar Brown and John Everett. While the team did not advance, they performed extremely well and we are proud of their performance.

    In Vino Veritas GGU Mock Trial Competition – San Francisco, California:
    This tournament was sponsored by Golden Gate University and the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA and was a qualifying tournament for the ABA Criminal Mock Trial Tournament in the Spring.   For this inaugural tournament, 3L’s Ian Anthony (Co-Captain), Glenn Gordon, Jasmine Foreman and Matthew Wood  were selected to compete in this competition. They were supported by 2L’s Magaly Bittner, Eshawn Rawley and Tom Nucum.  The team was accompanied by coaches and Trial Team alums A.J. Bellido de Luna and Chris Madaio along with the Director of Advocacy Programs Professor Jerome E. Deise.  Maryland was undefeated in the three preliminary rounds, advancing to the semi-final round against the eventual tournament winner, Michigan State. In addition to a third place overall finish, Jasmine Foreman was recognized with a Perfect Score Award for achieving a perfect score on all three ballots in a round. Matt Wood was also awarded with the Best Opening Award for the tournament.

    National Tournament of Champions – Chicago, Illinois:
    The nation’s most prestigious and selective national trial competition, the National Tournament of Champions (TOC ), took place in Chicago just before Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast.  Members of this team consisted of 3Ls, Marshall Jackson (Co-Captain), Robert (Alex) Carlson, Sarah David and Wayne Heavener.  They were supported by 2L’s Laura Dunn, Martin Nestares and Stacy Siegel.  The team was accompanied by coaches and Trial Team alums A.J. Bellido de Luna and Scott Richman. In a very tight round, the final ballot came in the final round to closing arguments. Unfortunately, the team lost to Baylor University Law School in the final round.  This success is shared by everyone who helped prepare the TOC team for this competition.  On a side note, the team had to wait out the storm in Chicago for three extra days before they could secure a ride home.   

    As always, we offer a special thanks to the Honorable John Fader and the Honorable Diane Leasure for preparing the team and recruiting fellow judges to preside during their weekends practice rounds, Mr. Stan Rohd who watched every team twice and was very generous with his time and attention to the team, to Ms. Terese Brown, Ms. Kathleen Schotto, Dean José Bahamonde-González and to Dean Haddon for their continued support of the team.

    The continued success of the team would not be possible but for the generosity of our coaches, faculty, students and members of the bench and bar who continue to donate their considerable time, talent and experience to support our students. .  We wish to acknowledge and thank our judges and practitioners and alumni (*) who gave so much of their time to provide guidance and feedback:

    Judges:
    The Honorable Kendra Ausby, The Honorable Louis Becker, The Honorable Richard Bernhardt, The Honorable Philip Caroom, The Honorable Diane Leasure, The Honorable John Fader, The Honorable Jeannie Hong, The Honorable Laura Kiessling, The Honorable Diane Leasure, The Honorable Robert McDonald, The Honorable Albert Northrop, The Honorable Charles Peters,The Honorable Michael Reed, The Honorable Ronald Silkworth, The Honorable Shirley Watts, and The Honorable Alexander Wright.

    Practitioners:
    Dale Adkins, Charles Blomquist, Jamar Brown*, Ben Bruins*, Julia Carolan*, Lindsey Cook*, Anne Donahue, Mark Edelsen*, John Everett*, Erin Frazee*, Anwar Graves*, Hughie Hunt, Sally McMillian Guy*, Kevin Mahoney, Lindsey Lanzendorfer McCulloch*, Nikki Nesbitt, Chris Madaio*, Scott Richman*, Stan Rohd, and Ben Salsbury*

    I know that you share my pride in our outstanding National Trial Team.  I also wish to share a special thanks to A.J. Bellido de Luna for his leadership, guidance and commitment to the trial advocacy program.

    Best wishes,

    Jerome E. Deise
    Law School Professor
    Director of Trial Advocacy


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