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UC Law Trial Practice Team Advances to Elite Eight

Cincinnati, OH—A University of Cincinnati College of Law Trial Practice Competition Team advanced to the "Elite Eight" in the Regional National Trial Competition, held February 12-14. Team members Luke Anderson, Emily Vance and Emily Barth, all second-year students, finished with a perfect 3-0 record to become the third seed in the elimination rounds.  They become the first team in the College of Law’s history to go undefeated in this prestigious competition and the first team to advance to elimination rounds. 

A very hard fought trial against a well-seasoned and accomplished Michigan State University team unfortunately ended the run of victories.  However, the experienced judges, including a sitting U.S. District Court Judge who presided, told the students it was a very close decision and praised their efforts.  

Region 7, which includes UC, perennially generates some of the top teams in the country including 2009 national finalists from the University of Kentucky.  Several coaches at the Region 7 competition commented that the UC Law program has already proven it is "here to stay" and the College's investment in the program is yielding surprisingly quick results.

The College of Law entered two teams in the competition. The second team of Michael Hickey, Kate Brueggemann and Andrew Trice also competed well and narrowly missed the elimination rounds.

Congratulations to both teams. Thank you to coaches: Professor Marjorie Aaron, Director of the Center for Practice, and Adjunct Professor Dan Donellon ’86 of Daniel J. Donnellon LLC.