Spring 2008 Issue


Crucial Evidence

The Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law trial team continued its success at national trial competitions by finishing in the top four at the 8th Annual Michigan State University National Trial Advocacy Competition in East Lansing, Mich.

The Barry trial team, consisting of Denise Kim, Latorea Dancy, John Beamer and Andrew Joy, made it to the final four out of the 26 national law school trial teams that took part in the competition. The team was coached by Maria Hale and Susan Payne. Barry swept through the first three rounds of the competition by defeating South Texas, California Western and Brooklyn School of Law, thus securing its spot in the final four. Barry was eventually defeated by Southern Methodist University, which went on to win the competition.

In January, two of Barry’s trial teams finished in the top four among 16 teams at the Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition in Miami. The annual competition, which is put on by the Florida Bar Association, was the first-time these Barry students had ever competed. Barry’s team consisted of Tom Prestia, Ben Smith, Dalia Abdelbary, Joe Lawrence, Monica Perez, Margaret Garner, Aileen Spiker, Natalie Kato, Jim Shaw and Danielle Barbato. Earnest DeLoach Jr. and Mike Damaso served as team coaches.

Barry’s Moot Court team also had a strong finish in January at the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Columbia, S.C., which coincided with the Southern Regional Black Law Student Association Conference. Barry’s team, consisting of Valencia N. Poitier and Catisha Smith, finished in the top 12 out of 24 national law school teams. Poitier received an additional accolade by winning the Best Oralist Award for the entire competition.

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