IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's 2012 regional tournament

Friday, February 24, 2012
From left, third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Carlos Vera, Daniel Crone, Jessica Velez and Marcell Taylor will compete on one of the teams representing the law school at the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament.
From left, third-year IIT Chicago-Kent students Carlos Vera, Daniel Crone, Jessica Velez and Marcell Taylor will compete on one of the teams representing the law school at the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament.

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament. IIT Chicago-Kent will compete against teams from 12 law schools from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri March 1 to 4 in St. Louis. The winning team will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals March 22 to 25 in Las Vegas.

Third-year students Daniel Crone, Marcell Taylor, Jessica Velez and Carlos Vera will compete on one of IIT Chicago-Kent's teams. The second IIT Chicago-Kent team will comprise third-year students Nicholas Economakos, Jennifer Rexroat-Lavin and Brett Siegel, and second-year student Amanda Bielinski.

The students will argue a negligence case involving a hockey player who filed suit against a hockey club and its trainer for injuries sustained during a game. The first team is coached by IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Damien Clark '10, Liza Laughlin '08 and Charles Prochaska '10. The second team is coached by IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Jeremiah Lewellen '11, Katya Manak '10, Sulema Medrano '09 and Michelle Truesdale '04.

From left, IIT Chicago-Kent students Brett Siegel, Jennifer Rexroat-Lavin, Nicholas Economakos and Amanda Bielinski will comprise the other team representing the law school at the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament.
From left, IIT Chicago-Kent students Brett Siegel, Jennifer Rexroat-Lavin, Nicholas Economakos and Amanda Bielinski will comprise the other team representing the law school at the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) 2012 Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament.

The American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) is a broad-based, international coalition of attorneys, law professors, paralegals and law students.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy teams have won numerous individual student honors and regional and national competitions, including the 1988, 2007 and 2008 National Trial Competition championships. In 2008, IIT Chicago-Kent became the first law school to win both the National Trial Competition and the National Moot Court Competition in the same year.

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