2018-2019 National Trial Team Competitions


Lone Star Classic
San Antonio, Texas
October 18-20, 2018

For the first time, Duquesne Law was invited to compete against the top trial advocacy programs in the country at the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio, Texas.  Our team of 3Ls, Courtney Brennan, Kaitlynne Kline, Leigh Shoenberger, and Bridget Synan, defeated Liberty, Houston, Samford, and Fordham.  Courtney Brennan earned the Best Direct Examination Award in the preliminary rounds.  With an impressive showing in the early rounds, our team was the number one seed going into the final four, where they narrowly lost to Harvard Law. 

The team was coached by the dedicated husband and wife duo of Chelsea Cramer and Robert Disney.  Pete Giglione (L’02), coordinator of Duquesne Law’s Trial Advocacy Program and recent graduate, Kristin Hoffman (L’18), assisted in preparing the team for competition. 


Coaches - Rob Disney and Chelsea Cramer
Student Competitors - Bridgent Synan, Courtney Brennan, 
(Patricia) Leigh Shoenberger, Kaitlynne Kline
Program Coordinator - Pete Giglione


Buffalo - Niagara Mock Trial Competition
Buffalo, New York
November 9-12, 2018

Congratulations to the Duquesne Law team of 2Ls, Kaitlynne Kline, Travis Gordon, and Celena Sidun, who advanced to the semi-finals at the 15th Annual Buffalo-Niagara National Trial Competition in Buffalo, New York in November.  Coaches, Bob Daley (L’97) and Mike Gianantonio (L’02) dedicated countless hours to the team, who advanced to the sweet sixteen. 

Kline joined the team late due to a series of unexpected events, which limited her practice time.  However, her dedication and work ethic was recognized when she received the award for Best Closing Argument.


Coaches - Bob Daley and Mike Gianantonio (not pictured)
Student Competitors - Travis Gordon, Amelia Goodrich, Celena Sidun,
Chelsie Horne, Kaitlynn Kline (not pictured)


Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational
New York, New York
November 10-11, 2018

The 8th Annual Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Mock Trial Competition was hosted by Fordham University in New York in November.  Coached by the Honorable James Ross and Andrew Rothey (L’14), our Duquesne Law team, Emily Corcoran (3L) and Samantha Kovalyak (3L) performed well in this prestigious national competition.  Corcoran and Kovalyak were responsible for advocating on both sides of the case during many hours of preparation.  Kovalyak won the award for Best Opening Statement among all competitors. 

Coaches - The Honorable James Ross (not pictured) and Andrew Rothey
Student Competitors - Erin Corcoran, Samantha Kovalyak



Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 20-21, 2019

Coaches - TBD
Student Competitors - TBD


Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition
Philadelphia, PA
February 7-10, 2019

Coaches - TBD
Student Competitions - TBD


American Association for Justice
Location to be determined
February 28 - March 3, 2019

Coaches - TBD
Student Competitors - TBD


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