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Pitt Law Students Finalists at 2013 TYLA Regional Mock Trial Competition

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February 14, 2013

Pitt Law’s third-year student team won the finalist trophy at the 2013 Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Regional Mock Trial competition, held February 8-10, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pa. After defeating everyone it faced in its bracket in both ballots and points, the Pitt Law team lost to Rutgers University in the finals. 3L Gina Tuscano was named second-place Best Advocate, and the second-year team also performed well, falling to Temple University in the third round after going undefeated up to that point.

“Reaching the finals is a wonderful achievement for the law school and a great testament to the mock trial program, which is only in its second year,” said faculty advisor Virginia Scott, an adjunct professor at Pitt Law. “Our mock trial team bested law schools with respected and established mock trial programs,” including those at Temple and Duquesne University, whose coaches praised the Pitt Law teams.

Both teams began work on the TYLA regional problem as soon as it was released in December 2012, practicing four to five days a week for three hours on school nights and every other Saturday and Sunday for five or more hours per day. Adjunct Professor Alan Baum and Pitt Law alumni Joe Froetschel, ’06, and Bill Haushalter, ’72, lent their expertise during practices, providing insight to the students.

“It was an honor to work with these students,” said Scott. “I am personally proud of each of them. I fully expect this year’s experience will be invaluable to our success in Philadelphia in 2014.”

Congratulations to all!


Pitt Law Third-Year Team Advocates

  Marco Attisano

  Eric Sullivan

  Gina Tuscano


Pitt Law Second-Year Team Advocates

  Angeline Allen

  Douglas Baker

  Martell Harris

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