HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
A team of students from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University was named co-champion for Region 2 in the 37th Annual National Trial Competition (NTC) this past weekend.
A Hofstra Law team composed of Kaitlyn Flynn 1L, Laura Kitchen 3L and George Michel 2L won the title of Regional Winner, defeating a team from Fordham Law in one of two final-round trials. The trial was presided over by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York. With the winner of the other final-round trial, Flynn, Kitchen and Michel will compete in the NTC national finals next month in Austin, Texas.
Of the nine law schools competing in Region 2 this year, Hofstra Law was the only one to have both its teams advance to the regional finals. A team consisting of Jana McNulty 1L, Philip Nash 2L and Michael Rubin 3L competed in the second final-round trial, presided over by Acting Justice Ann Donnelly of the New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County. Both teams were coached by adjunct faculty members Jared Rosenblatt ’03, Gerard McCloskey ’08 and Lee Bergstein.
“The NTC is one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the nation, and we are enormously proud of our students’ accomplishments this year,” said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “Preparing for this tournament takes a lot of dedication and hard work, not to mention exceptional skill. We wish Kaitlyn, Laura and George the best of luck as they prepare for the national finals.”
Hofstra Law students also won three awards for individual advocacy through the Region 2 competition’s preliminary rounds. Kitchen won awards for Best Direct Examination and Best Cross Examination, while Flynn won the award for Best Opening Statement.
The NTC Region 2 competition was hosted this year by Hofstra Law, with 33 trials held at the State Supreme Court in Mineola from February 9-11. Professor Frank Gulino, Hofstra Law’s director of student advocacy programs, served as regional coordinator and organized the competition, hosting 18 teams of student advocates from nine law schools from throughout New York State. Sitting judges and practicing attorneys served as presiding judges and evaluators at the competition’s trials, and members of the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association and other student volunteers served as witnesses and bailiffs.
“Not only is our success in the NTC an extraordinary accomplishment for our students, but it is very rewarding that the win comes on the heels of, and in the same competition year as, Hofstra Law’s first-ever regional championship in the National Moot Court Competition,” said Gulino, who oversees Hofstra Law’s moot court and mock trial programs.
In November, a team of Hofstra Law students was named Regional Champion
at the Region II Rounds of the 62nd Annual National Moot Court Competition. “Even before our NTC team heads to Texas,” Gulino added, “it has already been a historic year for student advocacy programs at Hofstra Law.”
The NTC is co-sponsored nationally by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. The New York State Bar Association sponsors the Region 2 tournament.