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Trial Team and Moot Court Board Soar in Regional Competitions

Sam Haaz, Zach Wynkoop, Elia Robertson, Mike Benz and Gwen Stern at TYLA Regional Competition 2015

February 09, 2015

Trial Team members Elia Robertson and Zachary Wynkoop were named regional champions in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 8.

Wynkoop took top honors in the region, winning the National Trial Competition Regional Champion – Edward D. Ohlbaum Award for Best Advocate in the Final Round.  

Trial Team Regional Champs TYLA Competition 2015The 3Ls advanced to the national competition, which will be held in Houston March 11-14.

“Zach and Elia were simply outstanding,” said Professor Gwen Roseman Stern, who directs the Trial Advocacy Program.  “They’ve impressed me tremendously, so I wasn’t surprised that they won over the judges.”

Stern noted that 2Ls Tyler Harttraft and Hannah Molitoris also performed extremely well, defeating a team from a prestigious law school in their second round.

The students were coached by Class of 2012 alumni Michael Benz, of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Sam Haaz of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as well as Stern.

International Trademark Association Moot Court Competition 2015In the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition that ended Feb. 8, Moot Court Board members Michael Delaney and George Patsalosavvis advanced to the regional semi-finals in Brooklyn, New York.  The 3Ls were coached by Professor Amy Landers, who directs the Intellectual Property Law Program.