Trial teams from Suffolk and Yale law schools won the National Trial Competition New England Regionals held Feb. 6-9 in Boston and earned a place at the National Trial Competition in March.
Suffolk Law Trial Team members Mary Chamberlain and Mark Dolan tied for first place with the Yale trial pair. Suffolk’s team was led by coach and law professor Tim Wilton and alumni coaches John Martin, Melissa Mitchell and Ben Duggan.
Another Suffolk trial team pair, Rachel McCloskey and Luke Rosseel, lost a very close trial in the semifinals on a tiebreaker.
Each region sends two teams to the National Trial Competition held March 26-30 in Austin, Texas. More than 50 law students from 11 ABA-approved law schools in New England participated in the regional competition.
More than 200 law students from five area law schools volunteered as witnesses and bailiffs, while 150 lawyers and judges evaluated the teams. Presiding judges for the finals were U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman (Suffolk Law graduate JD ’73) and Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Gabrielle Wolohojian.
The first three days of competition were held in 12 courtrooms and the Jury Pool Room in the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The final two championship trials were held in the moot courtrooms of Suffolk Law’s Sargent Hall.