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UNH Law to Host, Compete In National Trial Competition Regionals

The University of New Hampshire School of Law will host the 2013 Northeast Regionals of the National Trial Competition Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

The competition, in its 38th year, provides students of ABA-accredited law schools the opportunity to showcase their trial advocacy skills in a competitive setting.

The National Trial Competition is one of the nation’s premier trial advocacy competitions for law students, and it is indeed an honor that UNH Law will host the competition’s Region 1 Championship. The opportunity is particularly gratifying since UNH Law was founded on the principle of rigorous applied training and is proud to be a leader in producing client-ready lawyers upon graduation.

The Honorable Jacalyn A. Colburn, JD '96
Associate Justice of the NH Superior Court
Alumni and Trustee of UNH School of Law

Colburn, who helped to organize the competition, is also one of the coaches for the two UNH Law teams that will compete this weekend. Students Matthew Cessna, Meghan Moed, Peter Park, and Kyle Robidas are among the 20 teams representing 10 law schools that will compete for the regional title over the four days.

“Learning how to become a trial attorney has been the most exciting part of my legal education,” said Moed. “Being in the courtroom gives me an incredible rush! Overall, participating in the National Trial Competition has helped me become more comfortable in the courtroom.”

The competition will take place at the New Hampshire Superior Court in Hillsborough County – Southern District. The winning team will compete against the other regional champions at the national competition, held in San Antonio, Texas, April 3-6.

Many volunteers gave their time to help make the competition a success, Colburn said, including judges of the NH Supreme, Superior and District Courts, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, members of the NH Bar Association and members of the American College of Trial Lawyers.