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Law students compete to represent the UI College of Law at regional
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Six University of Iowa College of Law students will
represent the College of Law at a regional trial advocacy competition against
students from 10 Midwest universities Saturday, Feb. 6 at Drake University
in Des Moines.
Third-year students Kimberly Berg, Doug Foster, Korie Houser, Karrie
Hruska, Carl Wosmek and second-year student Thomas Ksobiech bested 24 other
UI law students in a show of trial advocacy skills during the Stephenson
Competition semi-finals and a final-round held Oct. 17 at the 16th Annual
Stephenson Banquet. The winner of the regional competition will compete
in a national competition March 18-20 in Houston, Texas.
At the banquet, Foster received a $300 cash award for placing first
in the competition and Ksobiech received a runner-up $200 cash award from
the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.
This year's banquet also honored the memory of William L. Meardon, a
UI law alumnus and Iowa City attorney who died Oct. 9, 1997, at age 78.
Banquet speakers included his son Charles A. Meardon and one of his partners,
James D. McCarragher.
Professor John Whiston, a clinical professor at the UI, says the regional
and national competitions are opportunities for UI law students to showcase
their talents and for their professional development.
"It's an important competition because it is the best way to get
advanced training in trial advocacy skills," he says.
The UI six will be coached in improving their advocacy skills by attorneys
and judges from Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, and other
parts of the state.