Trial Advocacy Team Wins AAJ Regionals, Advances to Semifinals

Author: Catherine Behan

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Front row: 2L Nicholas Vozzo, 2L Miguel Contreras, Professor Joel Williams, coach, 2L Erin Kauffman, 3L Matthew Lamb
Back row: 3L Peter O’Neill, 3L Reggie Bentley, 2L Adam Zamora, 2L Jonathan Mahoney

The Law School’s AAJ national team advanced to the final four of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

In due course, Notre Dame’s Miguel Contreras, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney and Adam Zamora defeated the national teams from Belmont, Syracuse, Washington, and Massachusetts before losing a split decision to George Mason. (Stetson University ultimately defeated George Mason to win the competition.)

“Words cannot do justice to the accomplishment of these student advocates in reaching the final four of the AAJ National Competition,” said Professor Joel Williams, a team coach. “It is an accomplishment that can never be taken away and it produced memories for life. As coaches, we are humbled by their dedication and abilities.”

Notre Dame was among 14 regional champions to emerge from the first round of competition that involved 224 law school teams from around the country.

The Law School’s entire AAJ trial team, which includes Matt Lamb, Reggie Bentley, Peter O’Neill, and Nicholas Vozzo, and its two coaches, Professor Williams and Professor Kate Singer, worked hundreds of hours to prepare and compete in the regional and national competitions.

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“Each and every member of this year’s team is responsible for our win at the regional competition and reaching the national semifinal,” Professor Singer said. “All of our team members are prepared to have extremely bright futures as litigators.”