College of Law Students Win Regionals at AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Posted on Thursday 3/16/2017

The College of Law team consisting of Sally Ashkar L’17, Yolanda Beasley L’17, Nick Dellafave L’18 and Jennifer Pratt L’18 won the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional competition held March 9-12, 2017 in Philadelphia.  The Syracuse team won each of its five trials through the competition, facing law school teams from Penn State, Villanova, Seton Hall and Drexel to win the Regional.  

The Student Trial Advocacy Competition is sponsored by the American Association for Justice, which seeks to inspire trial advocacy excellence through this student competition.  This year’s problem is a civil case based on the Pokémon Go game.  Each of the fourteen regions will send its regional champion to compete in the National Rounds to be held March 30 – April 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Joanne VanDyke L’87 coached the AAJ Mock Trial Team. Team alternates are Tom DeBernardis L’18 and Raul Velez L’18.