National Trial Competition Teams Find Success in San Diego

Feb. 26, 2012

The Law College’s 2 Trial Teams traveled to San Diego from February 16 - 18, 2012, to compete in the regional National Trial Competition tournament, where 28 teams from 14 schools competed.

For the second time in three years, a University of Arizona team made it all the way to the final round. Team Red, consisting of Emily Ward, David Friedman, James Senften, and Mike Moldoveanu, won each of its preliminary rounds without losing a single judge’s ballot. After winning in the semi-finals, Team Red was seeded First among all teams entering the Final Four. In the competition’s final round, Team Red and their opponent each won the favor of two judges, but the tie-breaking method gave the victory to the other college.

Team Blue, consisting of Andrew Floyd, Brandon Espinosa, Athan Papailiou, and John Lierman, faced tough competition in their preliminary rounds, yet won one of those two matches. They lost a close round to Pepperdine, a team that went on to reach the Final Four. Despite a strong performance by Team Blue, that tough loss kept them out of the playoffs.

These performances demonstrate the continued tradition of strength of our College's trial advocacy program. Special thanks goes to the team’s coach, Ryan Redmon, assistant coaches Mike Harnden and Alexx Tracy, as well as Professor Mauet for his continued support of the trial program. A very special thanks also to the lawyers and law firms whose incredibly generous donations made the competition possible. This year, those donors were Kevin Boyle, Panish, Shea & Boyle; Barry MacBan, MacBan Law Offices; and Piccarreta Davis. The teams and the College appreciate the support.