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March 15, 2006

UI Law Team Advances To Compete At National Trial Competition

For the third time in four years, a team of University of Iowa law students will compete in the prestigious National Trial Competition in Dallas starting March 23.

Third-year law students Steven Moeller and Neal Schuett and second-year student Michael Conmey won the regional competition in February in Madison, Wis. They defeated teams from Washington University, Drake University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and St. Louis University. They will face off against 26 other teams at the national competition.

The law school last had a team at the competition in 2004.

Sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to strengthen students' advocacy skills through competition and interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.

Participating teams argue a hypothetical case from both the defendants' and plaintiff's side. Each trial includes opening and closing statements as well as questioning of four witnesses.

The hypothetical case the teams will argue in this year's tournament involves a lawsuit by a waitress at a nightclub who is suing for damages after she was injured by a band's pyrotechnic display.

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