Two Catholic University law students won stellar individual honors over the last weekend in October as the team headed north and south to participate in national trial competitions sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section.
3L James Germano was recognized with the Best Closing Argument Award at the 2011 Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition, held in San Juan from Oct. 27 to 29.
The Columbus School of Law team just missed advancing to the semi-final rounds.
Ten law schools participated in the face-off, during which teams of four had to serve as either a defense attorney or prosecutor, while the other two students served as their witnesses.
In addition to the host school Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, the field included teams from the law schools of American University, Creighton, Emory, George Mason, Golden Gate University, Hofstra, Pace Law School, Southern Methodist, Villanova, and William and Mary.
Meanwhile, Jessica Missios was recognized as the Best Opening Statement at the 11th annual Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by Quinnipiac University School of Law and held in Hamden and New Haven, Connecticut, from Oct. 28 to 30.
The competition invited teams from eight law schools to try a criminal case before judges and practitioners. Each team was guaranteed the opportunity to try the case twice, once as the prosecution and once as the defense.
Competitors included law school teams from American University, Barry University, Creighton, Golden Gate University, Pace University, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Tulane University. The Columbus School of Law team won the competition in 2001.
Professor Lou Barracato, who oversees Catholic University’s Trial Advocacy program, was pleased with the showing so far this year.
“Three competitions to date and four awards,” he noted. “We are still working for the big prize.”