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Villanova Students Advance to Knockout Round at Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition for the First Time Since 2011

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A team of students from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s National Trial Team competed in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition—one of the largest national invitationals in the country—on Nov. 11 – 14.  This year marked the trial team’s best finish in the competition in five years.

After advancing beyond the preliminary round and defeating teams from University of South Dakota School of Law and Brooklyn Law School, Alyssa Amoroso ’17, Alexa Arndt ’18, Anthony Williamson ’18, and Oliver Katz ’18 narrowly missed a win after a close loss to Northwestern University.

The Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition brings teams from 30 law schools across the country to try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteer as judges and evaluators. This year’s trial focused on a criminal law case involving a death from a wrestling match gone awry. The defendant, CEO of the wrestling organization and organizer of the match in question, was charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

The National Trial Team is coached by Brian McBeth, Assistant Public Defender in Berks County Public Defender’s Office.

To learn more about Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s trial team and other trial programs, click here.