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MSLAW Advances to National Finals in Pittsburgh

April 2015 |  by Mick

Massachusetts School of Law at Andover’s Trial Advocacy Team Wins the American Association for Justice New England Region Trial Advocacy Competition and Advances to the National Finals in Pittsburgh

After defeating Yale University Law School and all the other competitors, Massachusetts School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team won the championship of New England Region of the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy competition. Teams from law schools throughout New England and New York competed in the New England regional matches of the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition to determine which team would advance to the national finals in Pittsburgh. This is the second time in six years MSL has won that championship and comes on the heels of its team winning the Northeast Championship of the Thurgood Marshall Trial Advocacy competition and finishing in 5th place at the National Finals in Oregon.

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MSL team members are James Hetu, Allison Britton, Brenda Beckford, Charles Lucia, Natalie Quinn, Taylor Lovely, Michael Eastman, and Christopher Basso. Dean Michael Coyne and Professors Daniel Harayda and Amy Dimitriadis are the professors for MSL’s Trial Advocacy team.

In the early rounds, MSL’s team got a tough draw and faced stiff competition, especially from Yale University Law School and Suffolk University Law School, to advance to the Final Four. MSL had to defeat Suffolk two more times in the semifinals and finals to win the region.

MSL’s teams displayed a mastery of the law, the art of advocacy, and the rules of evidence in a negligence trial involving distracted driving. MSL’s teams demonstrated outstanding advocacy skills in presenting both the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s case. In praising the team’s performance, Dean Coyne said, “The School is very proud of our Trial Advocacy Team’s efforts and the success year in and year out of our Trial Advocacy Program. It is a pleasure to see our students achieve so much, as I know how hard they worked for their success. Their tireless work that started last August allowed them to demonstrate to all that MSL students can compete with anyone anywhere. The entire faculty and administration are pleased in knowing that no matter where are students go to participate against other law schools, be it Oregon, Pittsburgh or Washington, that our students will continue to excel and  demonstrate their skills and the strengths of  MSL’s educational program. We are enormously proud of them.”

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