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Kline School of Law Trial Team

Trial Team Celebration 2016

The Trial Team has become a major competitor in national and regional tournaments that test law students' advocacy skills.

The team's successes include: 

  • Regional Champions and Regional Semi-Finalists, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, February 2020
  • National Champions, Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition, Fordham University, November 2019
  • National Semi-Finalists, Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, October 2019
  • National Quarter-Finalists, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, April 2019
  • Regional Champions, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2019
  • National Semi-Finalists, Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition, Fordham University, November 2018
  • National Finalist, Summit Cup, hosted by University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, October 2018
  • National Champion, Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, hosted by Baylor Law School, June 2018
  • National Quarter-Finalists, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, April 2018
  • Regional Champions, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2018
  • Regional Champions, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, February 2018
  • National Champions, Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, November 2017
  • Regional Semi-Finalists, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2017  
  • Regional Champions, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, February 2017
  • National Champions, Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, October 2016
  • National Semi-Finalists, Golden Gate University “In Vino Veritas” Competition, October 2016
  • National Semi-Finalist, Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, June 2016 (by invitation only)
  • National Champions, American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, April 2016
  • Regional Champions and Regional Finalists, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, February 2016
  • Regional Champions, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, February 2015
  • Regional Semi-Finalists, American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2014
  • Regional Semi-Finalists and Finalists, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, March 2014
  • National Semi-finalists, Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Oct. 2013
  • National Champions, Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition, Fordham University, Oct. 2012
  • National Semi-finalists, Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition, St. John's University School of Law, Oct. 2012
  • National Semi-Finalist, Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, June 2012 (by invitation only)
  • National Semi-Finalists and Regional Champions, Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, March 2012
  • Regional Finalists, American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2012
  • Regional Semi-Finalists and Best Oral Advocate, (second team), Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team Competition, March 2012 

Professor Stern, Abbie Heller and some of Philadelphia's leading trial lawyers coach the teams:

  • Anthony DiUlio of Wheeler, DiUlio, & Barnabei
  • Jessica Falkenstein of McLaughlin & Lauricelli
  • Jordan Freeman of Freeman Defense
  • Hank George of Pagano Law 
  • Jason Grenell of the United States Attorney’s Office
  • Rachel Holt of Rebenack, Aronow, & Mascolo
  • Ashley Martin of the United States Attorney’s Office
  • Philip Pasquarello of Kline & Specter
  • Jillian Schroeder of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office 
  • Alexander Spanos, Legal Counsel at Aramark 
  • Catherine Trama of the Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Katrina Wadas of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 

Students who have completed prerequisite courses can compete for a place on the Trial Team through an audition process. Working with teammates and coaches who are experienced trial attorneys, students refine their skills in opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses and creating and introducing state-of-the-art trial exhibits.