Mock Trial team wins regionals and advances to national trial competition

Members of Quinnipiac's Mock Trial Team
From left: Members of Quinnipiac's Mock Trial Team, including Ryan O'Neill JD '09 (coach), Steven Landis 2L, Christine Gertsch 3L, Patrick White 3L and Sean McGuinness JD '08 (coach)

Feb. 4, 2013 - The School of Law's Mock Trial team won the Final Bench of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition, New Hampshire Region, held Feb. 1-3.

Members of Quinnipiac's winning team included third-year student Christine Gertsch, second-year student Steven Landis and third-year student Patrick White. They were coached by Sean McGuinness JD '09 and Ryan O'Neill JD '08.

Gertsch and White presented the defense case in chief in the semifinal and final rounds. White took home the Award for Best Overall Advocate in the final round of the competition.

The team will advance to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6.

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.  The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.