Chicago-Kent sends two teams to the 2016 National Trial Competition Region 8 tournament
Competitor Nicolette Ward was on the Chicago-Kent team that won the 2015 national championship
Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech will enter the 2016 National Trial Competition Region 8 tournament as the defending champion February 18 to 20 in Chicago.
Two teams will represent Chicago-Kent. Natalie Adeeyo '16, Evelyn Hernandez '16 and Paige Olsen '17 will compete on one team. Ana Montelongo '16 and Nicolette Ward '16 will comprise the other team. Ward was a member of the Chicago-Kent team that won the 2015 Region 8 tournament and national championship.
Chicago-Kent will compete against law school teams from Illinois and Indiana in the regional tournament, with the top two teams advancing to the national competition March 30 to April 3 in Houston. In 1988, 2007, 2008 and 2015, Chicago-Kent won both national championships and best advocate awards.
The National Trial Competition, established in 1975 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The competition is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association.
The teams are coached by David A. Erickson, a retired Illinois Appellate Court justice and the director of Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program, along with adjunct professor David Lavin and Chicago-Kent alumni Holli Dobler '14, Anthony Lucafo '07, Alexandra Molesky '07 and Lauren Zabrin '14.
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, Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program is ranked fourth in the country.