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Release: Feb. 15, 2000

UI law students advance to national trial advocacy competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A victory by a team of third-year students from the University of Iowa College of Law at a recently held regional trial advocacy competition has propelled the team to next month's National Trial Advocacy Competition in Dallas.

The UI team of Tom Ksobiech, Mary Prescott, and Justin Allen argued the merits of a civil case where they prevailed in the final round over law students from Washington University-Saint Louis in the competition held Feb. 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo. The regional legal advocacy skill competition, designed to send two teams to the national competition, gives students real courtroom experience where they receive guidance and advice from experienced lawyers.

A second UI team, made up of Chris Lambert, Rockne Cole, and Marc Beltrame, advanced to the semifinal round, which was won by students from Drake University.

John Whiston, clinical professor, College of Law, coached both UI teams. Whiston will coach the UI's national team members who will go up against students from 12 other geographical regions in the five-round match to be held March 31 – April 1. All but two teams will be eliminated before competing for the championship title.