2017-2018 National Trial Team Competitions


National Trial Advocacy Competition
Pontiac, Michigan
Oct. 20-22, 2017

 Andrew Rothey - Coach, Peter Berger, Amber McGee, Joshua Allenberg
Jacob Mellor, Hattie Parent, Max Petrunya -Adjunct Prof. &  Coach

Two Duquesne Law students received individual honors at the 2017 National Trial Advocacy Competition (NTAC). Amber McGee won the Best Opening Statement award and Hattie Parent won the Best Cross Examination award at the competition in Michigan in late October.

Attorneys Max Petrunya, L’ 10, and Andrew Rothey, L’14, coached the Duquesne Law team.  While the group didn’t advance to finals, the personal recognition received by McGee and Parent were noteworthy due to the difficulty of receiving the honors. “We are proud of all of our students,” said Pete Giglione, L’02, who leads Duquesne Law’s trial advocacy program. “The individual honors alone underscore how well-coached our students were.”


Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition
Buffalo, NY
Nov. 10-13, 2017

 Sara Watkins, Taylor Corn, Rachel Wenger, Brian Farrington
Natalie Tupta, Susan Pickup

William W. Daniel National Mock Trial Competition
Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 17-19, 2017

 Kristin Hoffman, Michael Zagari, Amanda Perry
Lukas Gatten, Thomas Corey Zutz, Robert Daley - Adjunct Prof. & Coach
Not pictured Margaret Cooney


Texas Young Lawyers Regional National Trial Competition
Philadelphia, PA
February 8-11, 2018

Michael Zagari, Margaret Cooney, Kristin Hoffman, Amber McGee,
Courtney Brennan, Nicoline Van de Haterd, Bridget Synan,
Rober Daley - Adjunct Prof. & Coach

Duquesne Law’s team of third-year students Kristin Hoffman, Margaret Cooney and Michael Zagari defeated a team from Penn State Dickinson Law and top-ranked Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in the National Trial Competition regionals held Feb. 9-11, 2018 in Philadelphia.

The Duquesne team advanced to the third round before being defeated by Temple University Beasley School of Law School. The Drexel team that Duquesne Law beat went on to win the competition.

A second Duquesne Law team, of second-year students Courtney Brennan, Amber McGee and Bridget Synan, beat a third-year team from the University of Pennsylvania Law School before narrowly losing to Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Penn State Law. The team had a strong showing, especially in light of the fact that this was the first competition for two of the second-year students.

The Honorable James Ross, Bob Daley, L’97, and A. Michael Gianantonio, L’ 02, coached the teams. Adjunct Professor Peter Giglione, L’02, directs the trial advocacy program.


Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition
Pittsburgh, PA
February 21-23, 2018

Joshua Allenberg, Ashylyn Grim, Raymond Sevacko, Melissa Lewis,
Pilar Diaz, Stefanie Frelick, Eduardo Benatuil

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Cleveland, OH
March 1-4, 2018

Jacob Mellor, Rachel Wenger, Carlie Fisher, Amanda Perry, Chelsie Horne,
Samantha Kovalyak, Travis Gordon, Morgan Gray
Not pictured Erin Corcoran

Florida State University Mock Trial Competition
Tallahasee, FL
March 2-4, 2018

Timothy Graham, Kristyn Giarratano, Stephanie Novak, Kristin Hoffman,
Kaitlynne Kline, Hattie Parent
Not pictured Patricia Leigh Schoenberger

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