Trial Team Crowned Champions at National Trial Advocacy Competition
The Trial Team from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law won the Michigan State University National Trial Advocacy Competition that featured 26 law schools from around the United States. The win was Barry Law’s fourth title in a national contest in the competitive Trial Team arena since 2008.

The Barry Law Trial Team, comprised of students Michael Deen, Reem Elkhaldi, Cheryl Gregory and Elizabeth Rosado, defeated the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in the championship round of the competition on Oct. 24 in East Lansing, Mich. Barry previously defeated the University of Florida Levin College of Law in the semifinal round and the University of Alabama School of Law in the quarterfinals. In the preliminary rounds, Barry defeated trial teams from the law schools at Emory University, California Western, and William & Mary.

“This competition featured several top law schools from around the nation, so to win the title speaks to the team’s preparation, commitment and trial skills,” said Leticia Diaz, dean of the Barry University School of Law. “We are very proud of this team’s accomplishment and the continued success our trial teams have had on the national stage.”

The Trial Team was coached by recent Barry Law graduates Michael Kraynick (’07) and John Beamer (’08), both now practicing attorneys in Orlando. The team’s faculty advisory is Mitchell Frank, an associate professor of law at Barry.

Barry Law previously won national trial team competitions at the Georgetown University Law Center White Collar Crime Tournament in November 2009, the ABA University of Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition in October 2008, and the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in March 2008 in Chicago.

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