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Mason Trial Advocacy Team Shines at Interamerican Competition

Mason Law's Trial Advocacy team recently won second place in the Interamerican School of Law Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event took place October 27-29 at the U.S. Courthouse located in Old San Juan. Regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the country, the competition only invites 12 schools to compete. Last year's finals were between Harvard and Georgetown.

This was Mason's first appearance at the competition. After defeating William & Mary in the semi-finals and both Villanova and Southern Methodist University in the preliminary rounds, the team went up against Emory in a grueling 6-hour final round. The point differential in the final round was less than 2 points for all judges.

Members of the team were Andy Fiorillo, Allison Tisdale, Kristen Kanaskie, and Kristen Kugel. Kugel and Fiorillo had the distinction of being awarded a perfect score by a judge in the preliminary rounds.

The Honorable Jonathan Thacher and Steve Altman serve as coaches for the Trial Advocacy team.

 

Trial Advocacy Team members

Mason Trial Advocacy team members Andy Fiorillo, Allison Tisdale, Kristen Kugel,
and Kristen Kanaskie are beaming after a fine performance in the Interamerican
School of Law Criminal Trial Advocacy competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico.