CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 15, 2000
UI law students advance to national trial advocacy competition
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A victory by a team of third-year students from the University
of Iowa College of Law at a recently held regional trial advocacy competition
has propelled the team to next month's National Trial Advocacy Competition
The UI team of Tom Ksobiech, Mary Prescott, and Justin Allen argued the
merits of a civil case where they prevailed in the final round over law students
from Washington University-Saint Louis in the competition held Feb. 11-13
in Kansas City, Mo. The regional legal advocacy skill competition, designed
to send two teams to the national competition, gives students real courtroom
experience where they receive guidance and advice from experienced lawyers.
A second UI team, made up of Chris Lambert, Rockne Cole, and Marc Beltrame,
advanced to the semifinal round, which was won by students from Drake University.
John Whiston, clinical professor, College of Law, coached both UI teams.
Whiston will coach the UI's national team members who will go up against students
from 12 other geographical regions in the five-round match to be held March
31 April 1. All but two teams will be eliminated before competing for
the championship title.