|ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Competition
For the second time in three years, Barry’s trial team advanced to the finals of the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Competition and faced St. John’s University. This year we lost a close final round in a split decision. Barry had swept through the qualifying rounds, beating Harvard, Valpariso and Georgetown, to be one of the four teams out of twenty to advance to the semi-finals. In that round, we won a unanimous decision against Loyola of New Orleans.
The team consisted of Rob Guinn and Margaret Garner (advocates) and Hope Rothfeld and Andrew Doyle (witnesses). Margaret Garner was named the outstanding advocate of the tournament. She had an impressive five perfect scores during the competition. Rob had two, both in the first round against Harvard. The victory against Harvard was particularly sweet for Margaret and Rob, since they had lost to the same team last semester in the finals of the national competition in Puerto Rico.
It was truly a great performance by the Barry team, which was co-coached by Roy Wolgamuth, a member of the 2008 national championship team. Congratulations to all!