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Law students compete to represent the UI College of Law at regional competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa College of Law students will represent the College of Law at a regional trial advocacy competition against students from 10 Midwest universities Saturday, Feb. 6 at Drake University in Des Moines.

Third-year students Kimberly Berg, Doug Foster, Korie Houser, Karrie Hruska, Carl Wosmek and second-year student Thomas Ksobiech bested 24 other UI law students in a show of trial advocacy skills during the Stephenson Competition semi-finals and a final-round held Oct. 17 at the 16th Annual Stephenson Banquet. The winner of the regional competition will compete in a national competition March 18-20 in Houston, Texas.

At the banquet, Foster received a $300 cash award for placing first in the competition and Ksobiech received a runner-up $200 cash award from the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

This year's banquet also honored the memory of William L. Meardon, a UI law alumnus and Iowa City attorney who died Oct. 9, 1997, at age 78. Banquet speakers included his son Charles A. Meardon and one of his partners, James D. McCarragher.

Professor John Whiston, a clinical professor at the UI, says the regional and national competitions are opportunities for UI law students to showcase their talents and for their professional development.

"It's an important competition because it is the best way to get advanced training in trial advocacy skills," he says.

The UI six will be coached in improving their advocacy skills by attorneys and judges from Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, and other parts of the state.