Trial Team

Trial Team

Trial Team at Barry University School of Law - One of the Nation's Elite Teams

Roughly one in ten lawyers is a trial lawyer. The trial lawyer is the person other lawyers need to retain when they have been unable to “litigate” a case to conclusion. The small minority of lawyers who willingly take that step through the swinging doors in a courtroom and experience a lawyer’s ultimate challenge and the excitement of presenting a case to a jury are a special breed. The Barry University School of Law Trial Team prepares students for this role, provides real-world training in trial skills from practicing trial lawyers while still in law school, offers a tremendous experience in the process, and provides additional qualifications to help our team members get the jobs they want upon graduation.

We compete throughout the United States and Puerto Rico – in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Buffalo, East Lansing, Las Vegas, and San Juan -- against the best that other law schools can offer, and usually in “invitationals,” where even obtaining an invitation to compete is challenging. In addition to numerous successes listed below over the past three years, Trial Team has been selected to compete as one of the top 16 Trial Teams nationwide in the highly prestigious and inaugural Top Gun competition at Baylor Law School – only one advocate per school competes, and for a personal prize of $10,000.

Membership on the team is a privilege. If selected after trying out, you will learn invaluable skills that will serve you far into the future. Additionally, you will proudly mention your Trial Team experience to potential employers during interviews or networking opportunities.

You will learn the art of trial presentation, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. You will also learn to master evidence, objections, procedure and the many advocacy factors that go into making a great “on-your-feet” trial lawyer. In practice and then in competition, you will first learn and then hone your advocacy skills.

Trial Team is a family within the law school, as any current member will confirm. The exciting experiences our members enjoy, as well as the experience they gain, stay with them long after graduation.

If the description above and the results below interest you, if you have the desire to graduate with a skill not held by many students – or, practicing lawyers – and if you want to travel nationwide and compete against the best, then Trial Team is an opportunity you should consider. For further information, please contact the Faculty Advisor, Michael S. Kraynick, mkraynick@gdb-law.com.

2007 - 2012 Accomplishments

Championships

  1. National Trial Competition (TYLA) Regional, February, 2012, Orlando, FL.
  2. ABA Quinnipiac National Trial Advocacy Competition, October 2011, Hamden, CT
  3. ABA Quinnipiac National Trial Advocacy Competition, October 2010, Hamden, CT
  4. Michigan State National Trial Advocacy Competition, October 2010, East Lansing, MI
  5. American Association of Justice Regional Champions, March 2010, Seattle, WA
  6. Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Crime Tournament (Invitational), November 2009, Washington, D.C.
  7. ABA University of Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October 2008, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  8. ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), March 2008, Chicago, IL
  9. American Association of Justice Regional Champions, March 2007, Las Vegas, NV

Finalists

  • Chester E. Bedell (Florida Bar) Trial Team Competition, January, 2011, Coral Gables, FL.
  • ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), March 2010, Chicago, IL
  • ABA University of Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October, 2009, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • American Association of Justice Regional, March, 2009, Las Vegas, NV.
  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) Regional, February, 2009, Tallahassee, FL.
  • American Association of Justice Regional, March, 2008, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Chester E. Bedell (Florida Bar) Trial Team Competition, January, 2008, Miami, FL.

Final Fours

  • American Association of Justice Regional, March, 2013, Miami, FL. -  Both Teams Advanced
  • ABA Quinnipiac National Trial Advocacy Competition, October 2012, Hamden, CT
  • Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Crime Tournament (Invitational), November 2010, Washington, D.C.
  • American Association of Justice Regional, March, 2009, Las Vegas, NV. (This was our second team; see above, Barry’s other team advanced to the final round.)
  • American Association of Justice Regional, March, 2008, Las Vegas, NV. (This was our second team; see above, Barry’s other team advanced to the final round.)
  • Chester E. Bedell (Florida Bar) Trial Team Competition, January, 2008, Miami, FL. (This was our second team; see above, Barry’s other team advanced to the final round.)
  • Michigan State National Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October, 2007, East Lansing, MI.

Elite Eights

  • Buffalo-Niagara Trial Team Competition (Invitational), out of 32 teams, November, 2009, Buffalo, NY.
  • Buffalo-Niagara Trial Team Competition (Invitational), out of 32 teams, November, 2008, Buffalo, NY.

Top Tens or Sweet Sixteens

  • Buffalo-Niagara Trial Team Competition (Invitational), out of 32 teams, November, 2012, Buffalo, NY.
  • ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), March, 2009, Chicago, IL. (Top Ten)
  • Michigan State National Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October, 2008, East Lansing, MI. (Sweet Sixteen)

Individual Awards

  • Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Crime Tournament (Invitational), November 2012, Washington, D.C
  • Diedre Luster
  • ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), March 2010, Chicago, IL
  • Best Advocate Award: Margaret Garner
  • ABA Quinnipiac National Trial Advocacy Competition, October 2010, Hamden, CT
  • Best Advocate: Kristina Sexton
  • Best Cross-Examination: Angela Agostino
  • Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Crime Tournament (Invitational), November 2009, Washington, D.C.
  • Best Advocate Award: Angela Agostino
  • ABA University of Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October, 2009, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Advocate Award: Margaret Garner
  • ABA University of Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), October 2008, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Best Advocate Award: Leonard Addison
  • ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Invitational), March 2008, Chicago, IL
  • Best Advocate Award: Denise Kim

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