Spring 2009 Issue

The Champs

Left to right: Leonard Addison, Nadia Ramkissoon, Justin Chapman, Marcus Hyatt and Fermin Lopez make for a winning team at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law Trial Competition in San Juan October 23-25, 2008.

For the second time in a year, the Barry University School of Law trial team has been crowned champions of a prestigious trial competition; this time earning a victory at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law Trial Competition in San Juan.

The win comes seven months after Barry’s trial team won the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition.

The Puerto Rico Trial Competition took place October 23-25, 2008, and featured some of the most outstanding law school trial teams in the United States. The invitation-only tournament consisted of Barry, Loyola University (New Orleans), University of Houston, Catholic University, Fordham, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, University of Puerto Rico and William & Mary Law School. This was Barry’s first time competing at the Puerto Rico competition; the trial team was invited to participate after winning the ABA championship in March.

Coached by Fermin Lopez, Barry’s trial team consisted of Leonard Addison (defense counsel), Nadia Ramkissoon (prosecutor), Marcus Hyatt (defense counsel) and Justin Chapman (prosecutor). The team’s road to victory began when it defeated Loyola in the first round followed by William & Mary in the final four and Thomas Jefferson in the championship round.

Individually, Leonard Addison won the Best Advocate Award, marking the third time a Barry Law student has been the recipient of such an award at a national competition.