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L-R: Third-year students Jenna Shapiro, Eric Bacaj, Jennie Zohorsky and Greg Baily finished first in the Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition.

CUA Teams Stand Out at 2010 National Trial Competitions


Catholic University law students have distinguished themselves at several mock trial competitions in recent weeks.
In the Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition sponsored by American University on March 19, the CUA team took the top prize by advancing to the final round and ultimately defeating Temple University, the defending champion.
The four-member CUA team consisted of Greg Bailey, Jenna Shapiro, Eric Bacaj and Jennie Zohorsky, all third-year students.
The Capitol City Challenge provides participants the opportunity to compete in front of some of the most accomplished attorneys and judges from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It also emphasizes the creative use of technology in the courtroom. The 2010 problem involved the liability stage of a civil lawsuit.

Two other CUA law teams turned in outstanding performances this year. In the Costello Trial Competition, sponsored by George Mason University School of Law, Team A went to the final- four round ranked in first place, but lost the next round to William & Mary University. Team members (A and B) included Nina Antony (2L), Denny Clark (2L), Jenna Shapiro (3L) and Trista Spear (3L).

In the American Association for Justice Competition, Team A made it to the final four round, eventually yielding to the University of Maryland. Team A consisted of Nina Antony (2L), Jenn Myers (3E), Josh Goyden (2L) and Melissa Feldmeier (2L). Team B members included Denny Clark (2L), Trista Spear (3L), Kate Cordova (3L) and Chris Murphy (3L).  

The Columbus School of Law also sent a team to the 2010 Gourley Trial Competition, sponsored by the Alleghany Bar Association. Participating students were Juliet Mazer-Schmidt (3L), Patrick Hughes (3L) and Nina Antony (2L).
A three-member team competed in the 2010 TYLA NTC, hosted by Regents Law School. The team consisted of Amanda Boddie (3L), Al Carry (3L) and Erin Fulleborn (2L).
“Although I thought the students did well in the other two competitions, they did not advance beyond the preliminary rounds,” said Professor Lou Barracato, the faculty member in charge of the trial competition teams.
“We have some very outstanding advocates who participated as 2Ls and who will, I hope, be participating next year as seasoned veterans,” he said.