Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 13, 2014

Mass School of Law's Trial Advocacy Team heads to nationals

For the fifth straight year, members of the Trial Advocacy Team at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover will be competing for the national championship in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Two groups from the team have won the right to advance to the national finals, which are being held this Wednesday through Sunday in Milwaukee.

Mass. School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team includes 16 students, broken down into four individual teams of four students apiece.

The two Mass School of Law groups were among the three teams that qualified at the northeast regionals Jan. 22 through 26 in Albany, N.Y. The two Mass School of Teams finishes second and third behind Harvard, which won the competition by just one point.

The northeast region of the national Black Law Students Association is comprised of the 33 law schools in New England, New York and northern New Jersey.

Mass School of Law’s team won more awards this year than any school at the regionals, including the Best Oral Advocate Award won by team member Alison Britton of Lexington.

Team members are Hadler Charles of Malden, Poonam Choythani of Queens, N.Y.; Caryl M. Garcia of Yonkers, N.Y.; Calvin G. Carrasco of Durham, Conn.; Jessica L. Edwards of Keene N.H.; Allison Britton of Lexington, Jason Herron of Easton, Andrew Boulanger of Lewiston, Maine; Marcia Stanley of Haverhill, Jennifer Orelus of Woburn, Amy Mousseau of Putnam, Conn.; Thato Beckford of Lawrence, Everald Henry of Lowell, Andy Dejean of Dorchester, Charlie Luccia of Tewksbury, and Jonathan Etesse of Medford.

Coaches for the team are Associate Dean Michael L. Coyne, Essex County Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Gillespie, Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Mello and professors Darius Greene and Daniel Harayda.

The school’s Advocacy Program is nationally recognized for its effectiveness at training new lawyers and its success in winning various regional and national awards, according to school officials.

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 semifinalist and Northeast Region Trial Advocacy 1st Runner-Up. Mass School of Law has sent a total of seven teams to the national finals in the last four years.

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