WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 27, 1999
UI Law students advance to regional trial advocacy
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 Midwest universities Feb. 4 - 5 in Kansas
Third-year students Tom Ksobiech, Mary Prescott, Rockne
Cole, Chris Lambert, and second-year students Justin Allen and Marc Beltrame
bested 36 other UI law students in a show of trial advocacy skills during
the Stephenson Competition's final round held Oct. 16 at the 17th annual Stephenson
Banquet. The winner of the regional competition will compete March 30 - April
1 in Dallas, Texas at the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the American
College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
The final round of the Stephenson competition was
presented before U.S. Senior District Judge Harold D. Vietor; U.S. District
Judges Ronald Longstaff, and Judge Michael Melloy; and U.S. Magistrate Judge
At the banquet, Ksobiech and Prescott tied for best
advocate; each received a $300 cash award from the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.
The guest speaker at the banquet was attorney Matthew Nagle of Lynch, Dallas,
Smith and Harmon law firm in Cedar Rapids.