The Grossman Trial Competition provides second and third-year law students at the College of Law an opportunity to practice trial skills before experienced trial attorneys and judges during the fall semester. Student teams of two represent a client involved in a lawsuit. As part of the competition, students perform opening arguments, direct-examinations, cross-examinations, and closing statements and enter evidence. Some of our most recent evaluators included the Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York, Frank H. Armani (L’56), attorney, the Honorable Therese Wiley Dancks (L’91), United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York, the Honorable Donald A. Greenwood (L’81), Onondaga County Supreme Court Judge, the Honorable Norman A. Mordue (L’71), Senior United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York, the Honorable Deborah H. Karalunas, Onondaga County Supreme Court Judge, and the Honorable David E. Peebles (L’75), United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York.
The first Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition was held in 1978 and was named for the College of Law alumnus, Lionel O. Grossman. Mr. Grossman was known for his overwhelming contributions to the local Syracuse community including roles as director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Boy Scout Commissioner, Director of the YYHA and the Jewish Community Center, Director of the Jewish Welfare Federation, and leader of the local Israel Bond Drive. He was also well known for his devotion to the fight against cerebral palsy. Mr. Grossman founded the Cerebral Palsy Center, served as President of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Syracuse and New York, and served as co-counsel to the National Cerebral Palsy Legislative Committee.