TRIAL LAWYERS SECTION NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION NATIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION REGION 2 SPONSORSHIP
The 2015 New York Regional Round
of the National Trial Competition that our Section sponsors was held January 31-February 1 in Syracuse. The event was held at the Onandaga County
Courthouse (which if you have not been there is an incredibly beautiful
“turn-of’the’century” courthouse with amazing courtrooms) and Syracuse Law was
the host law school.
This year we had 20 teams from
10 New York law schools: Brooklyn Law, Buffalo Law, Cardozo, Cornell,
Fordham, Hofstra, NYU, Pace, St. John’s and Syracuse Law. Each school
brought two teams.
The eight teams that advanced to
the semi-finals were:
Brooklyn A, Buffalo C, Cardozo
E, Hofstra K, NYU M, St. John’s Q, Syracuse S and Syracuse T.
Hofstra K, St. John’s Q,
Syracuse S and Syracuse T advanced to the final round. There were split
decisions in virtually all these trials, it was very close.
In the final round, Hofstra beat
Syracuse T and St John’s beat Syracuse S.
Hofstra and St. John’s will
represent New York in the Texas Nationals in March. We know they will do
us proud and we want to wish everyone the best of luck for a terrific
tournament in Houston in March. Whichever New York team advances farthest
in Texas will receive the Trial Lawyer’s Cup from our Section.
The individual awards that we
presented are as follows:
Best Opening: Andres
Sanchez (Hofstra Team L); Helene
Weiss (Hofstra Team K); (tie) Prescott Loveland (Fordham Team I).
Best Closing: Aaron
Spurlock (Hofstra Team K); Joseph
Fortunato (Pace Team O); Sean
Carberry (Buffalo Team C).
Best Direct Examination: (tie) Amanda Russo (NYU Team
Jennifer Camillo (Syracuse Team T); Amanda Cannavo (Buffalo Team C)
Berloth (Buffalo Team D); Aaron
Spurlock (Hofstra Team K); Helene
Weiss (Hofstra Team K)
Best Overall Advocate for the
Preliminary Rounds: Sylvia
Dai (Brooklyn Team B); Jared
Hoffman (Cornell Team G); Rebecca
Hausner (Cardozo Team F)
Anthony J. DiMarco Esq. Best
Overall Advocate Award: Steven
Michelen (Brooklyn Team A); Helene
Weiss (Hofstra Team K); Aaron
Spurlock (Hofstra Team K); Rahul Hari (NYU Team M)
In August 2010, the Travis H. D. Lewin award was established
for the winning Coach of the competition. See the Trial Lawyers Section
resolution establishing the Coach’s award here. The winners of the Travis H.D. Lewin Coaching Award for 2015 were the Coaches of the Hofstra Law School team.
The 2015 awards were presented at the NYSBA House of
Delegates meeting on June 20, 2015 at the Otesaga Hotel. See here for the 2013 Awards Presentation including a description of the National Trial Competition
Section 2 Awards by the former Section Chair, Thomas Valet.
For this year's individual award winners and previous award winners click here.
To get your law school involved, contact Tina Rothaupt at firstname.lastname@example.org, 518.487.5669
Photos of 2013 Winning Teams
First Place Team Hofstra
Second Place Team (Fordham)
Link to the
National Trial Competition homepage
2013 National Trial Competition Award Region 2 Winners,
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Trial Advocacy Team: Kaitlyn Flynn, Jana McNulty, George Michel
IV, Jared Rosenblatt, Coach, Gerard McCloskey, Coach
2013 National Trial Competition Award Region 2nd
Place Winners, Fordham University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team: Brittany
Russell, Graham Amodeo; Adam Shlahet,
Coach, Jeff Briem