Chicago-Kent reaches final four at 2015 National Pretrial Competition

Symone Shinton earns individual honors as best advocate in second, third and fourth rounds

Friday, October 30, 2015

A team from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology reached the semifinal round of the 2015 National Pretrial Competition October 8 through 11 at Stetson University College of Law's Gulfport campus in Florida.

 The team of Daniel Sanders, Sona Arora, Annie Motto and Symone Shinton finished in the top four at the 2015 National Pretrial Competition. (Photo courtesy of Charles Prochaska '10)
From left: The team of Daniel Sanders, Sona Arora, Annie Motto and Symone Shinton finished in the top four at the 2015 National Pretrial Competition. (Photo courtesy of Charles Prochaska '10)

The Chicago-Kent team—which included second-year students Sona Arora, Daniel Sanders and Symone Shinton and third-year student Annie Motto—defeated teams from Florida State University, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and the University of Texas at Austin before being eliminated in a close contest with a team from Mississippi College School of Law. Team member Symone Shinton earned individual honors as the top oral advocate in the second, third and fourth rounds of competition.

The team was coached by Professor Douglas Wm. Godfrey and alumni Lindsay Gephardt '12, Charles Prochaska '10 and Jessica Velez '12.

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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