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May 1, 2014

Mass. School of Law excels at national mock trial finals

The trial advocacy team of Massachusetts School of Law finished in the top 10 in the country at this spring’s National NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Wisconsin.

The Andover-based school was one of two law schools in the country to qualify two competitive squads for the national finals, and was the only one to see both of its groups advance to the third round.

Associate Dean Michael L. Coyne said in a release, “The MSLAW teams were outstanding throughout the three days of highly competitive matches that paired the top 18 teams in the country to see which school had the preeminent trial advocacy program.”

Florida State University Law School ultimately bested MSLAW in the semifinals.

MSLAW team members participating at the National Finals were Caryl M. Garcia, Hadler Charles, Poonam Choythani, Calvin G. Carrasco, Jessica L. Edwards, Allison Britton, Jason Herron and Jonathan Etesse. Coaching the team were Coyne, professors Daniel Harayda and Darius Greene and Essex Country Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Gillespie.

MSLAW has sent seven teams to the national finals in the last four years. The last five years, MSLAW 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 first runner-up.

“Our teams’ accomplishments over the last 10 years at various regional and national advocacy competitions is impressive and a tribute to their intelligence, work ethic and determination,” Coyne said.

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