| The Suffolk University Law School National Trial Team won its eighth straight New England Regional Championship in the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition (NTC), hosted this year at Sargent Hall.
Third-year day student Gail Ryan and fourth-year evening student John Martin beat teams from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Vermont Law School, Yale Law School and Quinnipiac University School of Law on their way to defeating Yale Law once more in the final round.
Second-year day students Patrick Driscoll and Katie Bagdis and third-year day student Gretchen Sherwood, meantime, prevailed over teams from Western New England College School of Law, New England School of Law, Roger Williams University Law School and the other team from New England before defeating Franklin Pierce Law Center in the finals. Driscoll also won the competition’s Best Advocate Award.
This marks the eighth consecutive trip to the national championships for Suffolk Law, a record surpassed by only one other law school in the nation. This is also the second time in four years that the two Suffolk Law teams have swept the NTC regionals. The five teammates will now travel to San Antonio, Texas, in March to compete in the national competition.
The Suffolk Law National Trial Team is coached by Professor Tim Wilton, as well as alumni coaches Jason Drori JD ’05, Erin Harris JD ’06 and Paul Caruso JD ’07.
“The Suffolk Law National Trial Team has developed the most effective law student trial advocacy training program in New England,” said Wilton. “Our success is due to the National Trial Team alumni, themselves all New England regional champions, who come back every year to coach and to shape the program, and to the incredibly dedicated students whose talent and hard work inspire their coaches.”