National Trial Moot Court Team to compete in national championship

March 28, 2007

Penn State's Dickinson School of Law National Trial Moot Court Team is traveling to Houston, this week to compete for the National Trial Championship. The team earned a spot in the championship competition after a victory at the Region XII Championship held Feb. 9-11 at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. It was the second regional championship for Dickinson in the past three years.

The Penn State Dickinson team, consisting of third-year students Tammi Snyder (team captain), Katie Maxwell and Ryan Becker will compete against 25 teams from 13 other regional contests. Two champions from each region advance to Houston, and this year Temple claimed the other spot as Regional XII Champion.

Two Dickinson teams traveled to the regional competition in Philadelphia to compete against Temple, Duquesne, Widener-Delaware, Widener-Harrisburg, Villanova, Penn and Rutgers. The second team consisted of Angel Papay (team captain), Matt Connaughton and Katie Curiel.

"Our success the past few years reflects positively on the caliber of our students, quality of our faculty and dedication of our alumni. It has been my privilege to work with all of these individuals," said team coach Hubert Gilroy, a 1979 Dickinson School of Law alumnus and a partner with the Carlisle law firm of Martson Deardorff Williams Otto Gilroy and Faller. A total of 16 teams competed in the three-day regional competition, during which competitors were required to try both the defense and prosecution sides of the case.

"We employ a true team concept in training for the competition with all six students working together and contributing in planning strategy and trial tactics," said Gilroy. "My view is that this joint effort authorizes all six students the ability to take satisfaction in bringing the Regional Championship to Carlisle."

"The entire process was one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had in law school," said Ryan Becker. "To have the chance to get in front of a judge and a jury and to advocate for your client gives you an adrenaline rush that stays with you for a long time. Our entire team, from our coach, Hubert Gilroy, all the way down, worked hard to put ourselves in a position to succeed in Philadelphia.

Snyder, who was awarded Best Advocate in the final regional round, added, "As a team, we dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort into making this happen and we feel fortunate to have had the experience. We are thrilled to have excelled as advocates and are so happy that we could bring home a win for ourselves and our school. We look forward to continuing our success in Houston."

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