AAJ Trial Team

AAJ 2008-2011

The MSLAW AAJ Student Chapter is an organization for students who have an interest in developing trial skills. It is affiliated with the American Association for Justice. AAJ offers workshops on issues such as opening and closing statements, admitting evidence, and trial strategy, and also fields a team to represent Massachusetts School of Law at a national level trial competition.

Trial Advocacy Team from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover Advances to the Semifinals and its other team ties for 4th at the 2008 New England Regionals of the American Association for Justice Trial Competition in Boston

Massachusetts School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program advanced a team to the semifinals while its other team tied for 4th place at the American Association for Justice regional competition held in Boston and Cambridge. MSL’s 4th place team did not advance to the semifinals as it narrowly lost the tiebreaker through total points scored of 214-209. Teams from law schools throughout New England as well as the University of Baltimore Law School competed in the New England regional matches of the American Association for Justice Trial Competition to determine which team would advance to the national finals in West Palm Beach in April.

Two teams from MSL competed at the regional competition that took place in Boston and Cambridge. Team members are Matt Lallier, Lisa Gilman, Jesse Burch, Lonnie McCaffrey, Lisa Ferreira, Victoria Dickinson, John Kimball, David Jaffe, Debra LaCamera and Heidi Porter. The teams faced stiff competition throughout the competition, especially from the University of Connecticut Law School, which won the competition in both 2005 and 2006, and from Suffolk University Law School.

Suffolk University Law School prevailed in the semifinals over MSL team members Matt Lallier, Lisa Gilman, Jesse Burch and Lonnie McCaffrey. Suffolk University Law School went on to win the competition.  MSL’s team that tied for fourth place was comprised of Victoria Dickinson, Lisa Ferreira, David Jaffe, and John Kimball. Professor Anthony Copani and Associate Dean Michael Coyne head MSL’s Trial Advocacy Program and they coached the teams along with Professor Dan Harayda and Professor Robert Armano.

MSL’s teams displayed a mastery of the law and rules of evidence in a negligence/medical malpractice trial. MSL’s teams demonstrated outstanding advocacy skills in presenting both the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s case.  In praising the team’s performance, Professor Copani said that he was “pleased that the team could present such a compelling case in such as thoughtful and persuasive way. Their mastery of the art of advocacy was impressive. As their professor, I stand in awe of their talents.”

Dean Coyne said, “The School is very proud of our teams’ efforts and the success this year of MSL’s Trial Advocacy Program. It is a pleasure to see this team do so well, as I know how hard they worked to achieve success. It is very well deserved. The entire faculty and administration are pleased in knowing that no matter where are students go to participate against other law schools, be it Newark, Boston, Cambridge or in Detroit or Washington in the spring, that our students will continue to excel and  demonstrate their skills and the strengths of  MSL’s educational program. We are enormously proud of them.”

The entire Massachusetts School of Law community congratulates the team on its performance at the 2008 AAJ Trial Competition!

2007 Team – Trial Advocacy Team Successful in National Competition

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