IIT Chicago-Kent invited to participate in the 2015 National Civil Trial Competition

Monday, September 21, 2015

IIT Chicago-Kent students Bryce Hensley '17, Elizabeth Romano '16, Gabrielle Romano '16 and Aniuska Rovaina '16 will represent the law school in the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC). The tournament, sponsored by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, will be held November 13 to 15 at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

 Aniuska Rovaina, Elizabeth Romano, Gabrielle Romano and Bryce Hensley will represent Chicago-Kent at the 2015 National Civil Trial Competition.
From left: Aniuska Rovaina, Elizabeth Romano, Gabrielle Romano and Bryce Hensley will represent Chicago-Kent at the 2015 National Civil Trial Competition.

IIT Chicago-Kent is one of sixteen law schools invited to participate in the tournament. Teams will be required to conduct opening statements, conduct direct- and cross-examination of witnesses, and make closing arguments as well as argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Team member Bryce Hensley completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a double major in political science and history. Teammate Elizabeth Romano graduated from Elmhurst College with a major in communication studies. Teammate Gabrielle Romano completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in health. Teammate Aniuska Rovaina graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a degree in public policy and economics. The team is coached by adjunct professor Michelle Truesdale '04 and IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Emily Schroeder '15, Jon Neuleib '02, Joseph Carlasare '12 and Robert Fakhouri '13.

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.

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