Villanova Trial Team Headed to ABA Labor Law National Competition

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The members of the 2014-15 Villanova Law Trial Team—Brian McBeth ‘15, Graham Bickel ‘16, Farzana Islam ‘16 and Steven Patton ‘15—took first place in the New York regional round of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 11th Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition on November 23. The team, coached by Matt Helman ’10, will advance to compete against seven other regional champions in the National Finals on January 24-25 in New Orleans.

In this year’s regional competitions, students argued a case involving a labor law dispute for back wages. Top student advocates on 99 law school teams competed at regionals across the country for just eight spots in the national championship field.

The ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law established the competition to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation, and to give them an opportunity to develop their trial advocacy skills in a mock courtroom setting. 

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