From: Professor Edward Ohlbaum
This past weekend, Temple's National Trial Team won the Regional Championship of the National Trial Competition at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. It was Temple’s 23rd regional championship–in the last 25 years. The members of the championship team are Brian Burack (3L), Caroline Leigh (2L) and Shilpa Kalra (2L). In the double bracketed competition, a second team of Samantha Jones (3L), and Stacy Merritt (2L) finished as regional semi-finalists.
Temple defeated teams from Dickinson, Duquesne, Penn., Pitt., Rutgers-Newark, Seton Hall, Villanova, Widener-Delaware, and Widener-Harrisburg. Brian Burack won the John J. Scott Memorial Plaque as “Best Advocate in the Final Round.”
The Team travels to Texas on April 6 to compete for the National Trial Championship against the twenty-four winners and runners-up from the twelve other regional contests. The teams are coached by Professor Sara Jacobson, Director of Trial Advocacy Programs and Alex Gosfield, Esq. (‘08) (Chester County DA’s Office).
The tournament was sponsored by Temple's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Alumni Association, directed by Professor Barbara Ashcroft, Director of the LL.M. Program and administrated by Mary Beth Wilson.