Suffolk University Law School will send two National Trial Competition teams to the finals in San Antonio in March, following a regional co-championship victory.

The Suffolk teams prevailed over Franklin Pierce Law Center and Yale Law School, earning the right to compete in the national championship rounds.

Record of achievement

This marks the eighth consecutive trip to the national championships for Suffolk Law School, a record equaled by only one other law school in the nation, and the second time the Law School has swept the regionals in the last four years.

The National Trial Competition student advocates were John Martin, Gail Ryan, Pat Driscoll, Katie Bagdis, and Gretchen Sherwood.

They prepared for the competition with NTC Practice Team students Tom Beauvais, Allison Brown, Lisa DiMari, Maureen Marra, Melissa Mitchell, and Teagan Thibodeau.

Alumni who contributed to the effort were Coach Jason Drori '05 of Sherin and Lodgen, and Paul Caruso '07.

Law Professor Timothy Wilton advised the team.

Law School played host

The Suffolk University Law School National Trial Team hosted the Feb. 12-15, 2009, New England Regional Championship Rounds of the National Trial Competition.

The National Trial Competition, the oldest and most prestigious law student trial competition in the nation, is in its 34th year, and almost all law schools compete. In the New England Region, 12 of the 14 ABA-approved law schools competed, most sending two teams.

In all there were 90 competitors and coaches, 120 lawyers and judges as evaluators, and 200 law student volunteers to play witnesses and bailiffs. Thirty-nine three-hour trials were held over four days, using 14 courtrooms and the Jury Assembly Room at the Suffolk County Superior Courthouse and at the Law School.

Twenty-five Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Trial Competition sponsor, served as judges in the New England Rounds.