Duquesne University School of Law

2013-2014 National Trial Team Honors & Awards

Spring 2014 Duquesne National Trial Team

National Trial Competition Semi-Finalists

Laura Veith, Grant Nagy, Annemarie Harr

Nicholas Clark, Rebecca Silinski, Richard White

Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition Champions

Madi Bobb, Laura Pitchford, Joshua Ward, Nicholas Yovich

Duquesne University School of Law won the 41st annual Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition on February 21, 2014. After beating University of Pennsylvania and out scoring all of the plaintiff teams - including Howard University, Catholic University, College of William & Mary, American University, University of Pittsburgh and Widener University Harrisburg - Duquesne's team defeated Widener University Delaware by a one-point margin in a tough and close battle.

In addition to the championship win, Joshua Ward was named Best Advocate.

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
AAJ Regional Champions

Duquesne University School of Law team of Alex Poorman, Autumn Pividori, Kathleen Shoaff,and Andrew Rothey won the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional on March 23, 2014. The team defeated the number one seed, Penn State, in the semifinals on the way to the championship. Finalist teams out-scored 14 others including teams from Drexel, Rutgers, University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, University of Tulsa, West Virginia University, and Widener University.

It is extremely rare to have two teams from the same school face each other for a win, but that's exactly what happened at the AAJ STAC regional. The championship round featured Duquesne vs. Duquesne, with Poorman, Pividori, Shoaff, and Rothey facing Aubrey Smith, Asra Hashmi, Nicholas Jimenez, and Kara Lattanzio. After almost three hours of grueling competition and zealous advocacy, one team emerged as champions and one as finalists. 

The team of Poorman, Pividori, Shoaff, and Rothey then competed in AAJ STAC nationals in Santa Monica, Calif., in April - one of only 14 schools in the prestigious competition. Duquesne's team defeated the University of Akron, Chicago-Kent, and California Western to advance to the national quarter-finals.  

AAJ Regional Finalists

Vincent Cocco, student shadow, Aubrey Smith, Kara Lattanzio, Asra Hashmi, Krystal Edwards, student shadow, Nicholas Jimenez


Fall 2013 Duquesne National Trial Team

National Trial Advocacy Competition 

Vincent Lamperski, Samuel Marchese, Lori Love, Joseph Otte

Tournament of Champions

Our National Trial Team finished the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Birmingham, Alabama as semi-finalists. The competition accepts only the top teams in the country. 

Andrew Rothey, Katherine Janocsko, Mary Kathleen Serratelli, Paul Roman

Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Ernest Pribanic, Andrea Bova, Christina Burik, Joshua Ward, Sara Linkosky

National Civil Trial Competition

Autumn Pividori, Rian Thompson, Kathleen Shoaff, Alexander Pilorusso

Learn More

Learn about Duquesne Law's Trial Advocacy Program.