The University of Akron trial program is National Champion once again! In a four day competition lasting from April 10-13, 2014, the Akron team consisting of advocates Joseph Darwal and Justin Workman, along with their witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro took on the top trial programs in the country in the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Santa Monica, California. When all was said and done, Akron brought home the School’s 4th national title in 11 years.
The Akron team’s climb to the top began several weeks ago on March 20-23, when they bested a field of teams from Case Western, Michigan State, Cleveland State, Thomas Cooley, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, and University of Toledo in a hard fought regional competition that, across the nation, narrowed the field from 224 teams down to the top 14.
Over the first two days of the national competition, the Akron team lost its first two trials to the eventual #1 and #3 seeded teams, New York University and Duquesne University, in 2-1 decisions that were decided by the narrowest of margins. The disappointing early results meant that, in order to make the cut to the final 8, the Akron team would need to sweep all three judges in its round against South Texas College of Law, a perennial top 5 trial advocacy program in the County; and that is exactly what they did.
From that point on, the Akron team could not be stopped. Joseph Darwal and Justin Workman consistently won the jury over during opening statement, witness examination and closing argument, while witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro laid out Akron’s case on direct examination and confounded opposing counsel on cross. Regardless of which side of the case Akron presented – Plaintiff or Defense - the results were the same. Together, the team swept through the Quarterfinal and Semi-Final rounds against the Charlotte School of Law and Stetson University setting up a championship round against Syracuse University on Sunday afternoon. In the end, Akron won over every member of the championship round jury panel, consisting of Los Angeles’s most prominent trial attorneys, in a 3-0 decision that capped off an unprecedented comeback from the preliminary rounds.
The victory was the well earned by all four members of the competition team. The team was coached by Akron Law graduates Larry Sutter (’89) and Kevin Kita (’11) with the law firm of Sutter O’Connell, and Tony Wise (’13), with the Stark County Public Defender’s Office.
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Friday, April, 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception
New York Law School Auditorium
185 West Broadway, New York, New York 10013
Registration is available here for $60
($50 for ACTEC members and NYLS alumni;
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no charge for NYLS Faculty and Staff)
Registration includes 6 CLE credits (Transitional and Non-Transitional; 3.5 in Areas of Professional Practice and 2.5 in Ethics); continental breakfast, lunch, and reception
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Yesterday, the Civil Litigation Clinic's students conducted a Landlord-Tenant presentation at the International Institute for Refugees from Burma and Bhutan, read more at Asian Services in Action's website.
The University of Akron trial program added another regional championship to its trophy case this weekend when it took part in the American Association for Justice’s mock trial competition in Cleveland, Ohio. Two Akron teams, consisting of advocates Lavell Payne and Ben Sorber, along with their witnesses Dakota Fox and Elayna Saad, and advocates Joe Darwal and Justin Workman, along with their witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro competed in the field of 16. In the end, only Akron could beat Akron.
Akron Law in the News
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A recent article in the national media suggested our law school engaged in questionable practices with respect to scholarship renewals. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are the facts: For years (since at least 2007) we have been fully transparent about the likelihood and difficulty of maintaining our merit scholarships in all our letters to students and on our website (see https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot). Widespread first-year scholarships plus relatively low tuition ($23,583 full-time tuition for 2013-14) serve our mission of keeping law school accessible and affordable. We have chosen to base continuing merit scholarships on strong performance in law school rather than on entering credentials. This strategy enables us to attract excellent students, keep law school affordable, and treat our continuing students more equitably. Our debt load upon graduation reflects this commitment: our students’ average debt is lower than 93% of all law schools and 84% of public law schools.
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