Two teams will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition's regional tournament

Friday, March 13, 2015

Two teams from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law will compete in the regional tournament of the American Association for Justice's 2015 Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 19 to 22 in Chicago. The winning team will join the first-place teams from 13 other regions at the national finals April 16 to 19 in Pittsburgh.

 Lucas Peters '15,  Molly Condon '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 will compete on one of two teams representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
From left: Lucas Peters '15, Molly Condon '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 will compete on one of two teams representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
 Joshua Rehak '15, Laurel Martinez '15, Elizabeth Romano '16 and Laura Henneman '15 will compete on the other team representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
From left: Joshua Rehak '15, Laurel Martinez '15, Elizabeth Romano '16 and Laura Henneman '15 will compete on the other team representing IIT Chicago-Kent in the 2015 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

Molly Condon '15, Lucas Peters '15, Matthew McCarter '15 and Michael Zhang '15 will compete on one team. The other IIT Chicago-Kent team will comprise Laurel Martinez '15, Laura Henneman '15, Joshua Rehak '15 and Elizabeth Romano '16. Henneman and Peters were on the IIT Chicago-Kent team that won last year's regional championship and advanced to the national finals.

Team member Molly Condon completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in political science and a minor in philosophy. Teammate Lucas Peters received a degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. Team member Matthew McCarter earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Iowa. Teammate Michael Zhang graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in political science. The team is coached by IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Joseph Carlasare '12, Nicholas Economakos '12, Jon Neuleib '02 and Rachel Remke '12.

Team member Laurel Martinez earned a degree in legal studies from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Teammate Laura Henneman graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. Teammate Joshua Rehak graduated magna cum laude from Lewis University with a degree in political science. Teammate Elizabeth Romano graduated from Elmhurst College with a major in communication studies. The team is coached by IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Lindsay Gephardt '12 and Charles Prochaska '10.

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.

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy teams have won numerous individual student honors and regional and national competitions. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings, IIT Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program is ranked fourth in the country.