Mock Trial team wins Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
Nov. 8, 2013 - For the second consecutive year, the School of Law's mock trial team dominated in the Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in November, besting seven other law schools to win it.
Steve Landis, third-year law student and president of the Mock Trial Society, takes part in a mock trial demonstration for high school students. Landis was a member of the team that won the recent Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition.
The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the School of Law co-sponsored the 14th annual contest Nov. 2-3. Judges and litigators from the practicing bar, including several law school alumni, gave generously of their expertise and time to preside over the proceedings and critique the students, according to Professor Elizabeth Marsh, faculty director of the contest.
The winning team members were third-year students Philip Brown-Wilusz, Alex Byrd, Steven Landis and fourth-year student Robert Shrage, who also won an individual award. The competitors were Barry University's Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Catholic University's Columbus School of Law; Fordham University School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; Hofstra University School of Law; St. John's University School of Law; and University of Illinois College of Law. Third-year student John Jacobson drafted the problem. Sean McGuinness, JD '09, and Ryan O'Neill, JD '08, coached; third-year student Amy Zurlo coordinated the event.
The case the students tried focused on the murder of a young woman bludgeoned to death after attending a Halloween party. The facts were inspired by the Martha Moxley murder case in Connecticut. The QU team has been invited to participate in the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition hosted next semester by The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.