[Originally posted Spring 2015]
Massachusetts School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team wins the Championship of the Northeast Region of the Thurgood Marshall Trial Advocacy Competition
MSLAW students Charles Lucia and Everald Henry are named Best Advocates in the Northeast.
Massachusetts School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team captured the Northeast Championship of the Thurgood Marshall Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association. MSL defeated Brooklyn Law School to capture the Northeast Championship for the third time in 5 years. Syracuse University Law School came in third in the Trial Advocacy Competition. The top three schools now advance to the National Finals in Oregon with the 15 other winners from the remaining five regions across the United States. MSL advances to the National Finals for the fifth year in a row and has sent ten teams to the National Finals in the last 7 years. MSL won the Northeast Championship in both 2013 and 2012. MSL was runner up to Harvard at last year’s competition in which MSL student Allison Britton was named Best Advocate. The Northeast Region is comprised of the 34 law schools in New England, New York and northern New Jersey.
At this year’s regional competition at Groton, Connecticut, MSL defeated all other law schools to become the top ranked team after the conclusion of the preliminary rounds of the trials. MSL remained the top ranked team in the semifinals and finals in winning the Championship.
MSL’s team won more awards this year than any other law school in the Trial Advocacy competition. Columbia Law School swept the Appellate Moot Court competition held at the same convention. MSL’s Advocacy Program is nationally recognized for its effectiveness at training new lawyers and in its success in winning various regional and national awards. In the last five years, MSL teams have been national finalists in various advocacy competitions and won numerous awards including New England Trial Advocacy Champions, Northeast Region Trial Advocacy Champions, National Criminal Defense Trial Advocacy semi-finalist, and Northeast Region Trial Advocacy 1st Runner Up. On multiple occasions, MSL student advocates have won the Best Advocate Award of the competition they competed in, including Nicole Dion in 2007 and 2008, Allen Woodward in 2009, Paul Stewart in 2010, Allison Britton in 2014 and now Everald Henry and Charles Lucia.
MSL Trial Advocacy Team members are Everald Henry, Charles Lucia, Jennifer Orelus, Allison Britton, Julian Jones, Natalie Quinn, Devin Brown, Joseph Dejesus, Heidi Blanchet, Christopher Brenes, Brenda Beckford, and Andy Dejean.
MSL Dean Elect Michael L. Coyne, Essex County Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Gillespie and Professors Amy Dimitriadis, Caryl Garcia and Daniel Harayda are the coaches for MSL’s Trial Advocacy Team.