NATIONAL TRIAL TEAM

NationalTrialTeam

The National Trial Team is a student organization that focuses on oral advocacy at the trial level. Trial Team members represent Villanova Law at regional and national competitions where they compete against the nation’s best law student advocates in simulated jury trials.

Members of the National Trial Team learn the art of trial advocacy through the best way possible—practice. They are coached by some of the region’s finest litigators, all of whom competed on a team during law school. Under the guidance of these experienced practitioners, Trial Team members are molded into professional and skilled litigators, learning how to take a case and prepare it from pretrial to trial deposition.

Former members of the Villanova Law National Trial Team have gone on to litigate at national firms, public interest offices across the region and various governmental agencies.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL TRIAL TEAM

Members of the Villanova Law 2020-2021 National Trial Team

Third-Year Students:

  • Chelsea Eret, Chairperson
  • Valerie Asimacopoulos
  • Leah George
  • Rachel Insalaco
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Ray Levy
  • Austin Skelton

Second-Year Students:

  • Luciana Brienza
  • John Canning
  • Andrew Klee
  • Emily O’Leary
  • Ferrell Townsend

Those interested in competing on the Villanova Law National Trial Team can apply for membership through competitive tryouts held each summer. Applications are given one to two weeks to digest a sample fact pattern and to deliver a persuasive closing argument in the Ceremonial Courtroom (Law School Room 201). After tryouts, the attorney coaches and student leaders extend membership offers to between four and eight students. Because of the work and dedication involved with the team, members of the Trial Team are graded by a faculty coach and receive two academic credits that count toward the spring semester.  

Interested in trying out for Trial Team? Complete the Summer Competition Form.

Contact Us:
Andrew Klee, Chairperson 2021-2022

   

RECORD OF EXCELLENCE

The Villanova Law National Trial Team has established itself as one of the most competitive trial advocacy organizations in the region. The Team has advanced to the final rounds of several prestigious competitions throughout the country, including the 2019 National Trial Competition in San Antonio, Texas when the team finished eighth in the nation. 

2020-2021

  • Regional Semifinalist: National Trial Competition 
  • Regional Finalist: American Association of Justice Trial Competition

2019-2020

  • Regional Finalist: National Trial Competition
  • Regional Semifinalist: National Trial Competition
  • Semifinalist, Best Advocate, and Best Advocate Runner-Up: Battle of the Experts

 2018-2019

  • National Quarterfinalist: National Trial Competition
  • Regional Champion: National Trial Competition
  • Regional Semifinalist: National Trial Competition
  • Regional Semifinalist: American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Best Advocate: Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

2017-2018

  • Regional Finalist: National Trial Competition
  • Quarterfinalist: Florida National Criminal Trial Competition2016-2017
  • Playoffs: Buffalo Niagara Law Competition

 2016-2017

  • Octofinalist: Buffalo-Niagra Mock Trial Competition

2015-2016

  •  Regional Finalist: National Trial Competition

 2014-2015

  • Regional Champion: ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
  • National Tournament Qualifier
  • National Semifinalist: ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
  • Regional Semifinalist: TYLA National Trial Competition
  • Semifinalist: Capitol City Challenge

2013-2014

  • Regional Champion: ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
  • National Tournament Qualifier
  • National Runner-Up: ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
  • Quarterfinalist: Capitol City Challenge

2012-2013

  • Regional Semifinalist: ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
  •  Regional Quarterfinalist: National Trial Competition

2011-2012

  • Semifinalist: Capitol City Challenge
  • Regional Quarterfinalist: TYLA National Trial Competition

2010-2011

  • Regional Champion: ABA National Arbitration Competition
  • National Tournament Qualifier

2009-2010

  • Semifinalist: Lone Star Classic
  • National Tournament Qualifier
  • Regional Champion: TYLA National Trial Competition
  • National Tournament Qualifier

2008-2009

  • Champion: Lone Star Classic
  • National Tournament Qualifier
  • Regional Champion: TYLA National Trial Competition
  • National Tournament Qualifier

Villanova University School of Law
National Trial Team
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085

Faculty Adviser: Christine Mooney